Con men strike at OAP's home

POLICE today issued a warning for people to be on their guard after con men stole cash from an OAP's home in Ipswich.


POLICE today issued a warning for people to be on their guard after con men stole cash from an OAP's home in Ipswich.

In one of three attempted cons in the past 24 hours a 68-year-old man living in Nacton Road, opened his door to a man purporting to be from the water board.

The man was shown into the house and taken to the kitchen.

The second occupier of the house returned home and was met in the kitchen by the 'bogus board official'.

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Then a second man called at the house. One of the occupiers were taken upstairs to the bathroom and asked to turn the taps on whilst the other remained in the kitchen.

When both men left it was discovered that a quantity of cash had been taken from the house.

The incident happened between 10.30am and 11.30am yesterday.

The first offender is described as white, 5'5" tall, 30-40 years old, he had black collar length hair and wore a dark jacket, blue jeans, dark gloves and trainers.

The second offender is described as white with crew cut hair, he was slightly taller than the first offender, he wore a grey coloured jumper, denim jeans, blue gloves and trainers.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area and noticed anyone acting suspiciously or anyone who recognises the men from the descriptions.

The elderly are advised that they should never let anyone into their homes unless they are satisfied with their identity. Officials from reputable companies will have photographic identification and a telephone number that can be called to clarify that work is being carried out in the area. If ever in doubt – keep them out.

Elsewhere yesterday a workman knocked on the door of an elderly couple's property in The Com, Little Blakenham. He said he was working at a neighbour's house following a burst water main and needed to inspect their house.

The couple allowed the man into their home, but after he had left they noticed that cash and credit cards had been stolen.

Meanwhile, a man posing as a fireman tried to enter a house in Gainsborough Road, Stowmarket.

The woman occupant did not let him in, and Suffolk Fire Service later confirmed he was not an employee. He wore navy trousers and anorak, was 5ft 8in, with fair hair, and in his early 20s.

Anyone with relevant information is asked to call police on 01473 613500.

N If you have been duped by con men calling at your home telephone The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788.