Distraction burglary warning

POLICE are today warning elderly people to be on alert following a distraction burglary.Officers are investigating after an 83-year-old woman from Needham Market was targeted.

POLICE are today warning elderly people to be on alert following a distraction burglary.

Officers are investigating after an 83-year-old woman from Needham Market was targeted.

The woman was at her Stowmarket Road home at 6.10pm yesterday when she spotted a man entering her back garden.

When she got to the door a second man claiming to be from the water board was there. He told her a pipe had burst down the road and she needed to turn off the water to her house.

The woman could see from the door that her lean-to had been forced so she told the man to leave but he refused and argued she needed to switch off the water.

She managed to usher the man away by saying she would turn the water off herself. She shut him out and called police and neighbours but she then heard a noise on her stairs.

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She put the lock on her front door before discovering that jewellery and a handbag had been stolen.

The first man is described as white, aged in his early to mid 20s, 5ft 11in and of proportionate build. He was wearing light coloured clothing and a flat cap.

The second man was white, aged in his early to mid 20s, 5ft 6in tall to 5ft 8in tall, thick set. He was wearing a purple jacket, white trainers and a baseball cap. He had a local accent.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Dc Jim Gidney at Stowmarket CID on 01473 613500.

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