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Don't give thieves an opportunity

PUBLISHED: 10:21 20 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:35 03 March 2010

BOGUS callers have targeted more elderly people and Suffolk Police are urging people to be on their guard.

In Ipswich, a 77-year-old woman opened the door of her Browning Road home in Ipswich yesterday to a man saying he was from the water board.

Page eight lead . . . BOGUS callers have targeted more elderly people and Suffolk Police are urging people to be on their guard.

In Ipswich, a 77-year-old woman opened the door of her Browning Road home in Ipswich yesterday to a man saying he was from the water board.

While he distracted her, a second man entered her property and took cash from a handbag.

The incident happened at about 11am > and any witnesses are asked to contact DC Derek Riley on Ipswich 01473 613500.

Elsewhere con men struck at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich and Stowmarket on Monday.

At around 11.45am a man called at the home of an 87-year-old man in Chapel Lane, Great Blakenham, claiming that he was carrying out work on a boiler up the road and needed to check the water pressure at his property.

The pensioner did not believe him and refused to let him in.

The man is described as white, tall, slim build, around 18-years-old, dark hair and smartly dressed.

At around 12.45pm three men claiming to be from the Water Board called at an elderly couple's home in Bond Street, Stowmarket.

While one of the men kept the occupants distracted his accomplices searched the upstairs rooms, although it is unclear of anything was stolen at this stage.

The three men all spoke with Irish accents and are described as white, one aged around 18 and around five feet three inches tall; the other two are aged between 20 and 40-years-old and one was wearing a grey jumper.

Yesterday an 86-year-old Newmarket woman was targeted by men also pretending to be from the water board.

At around 5.30pm two men called at her home in Manderston Road saying they were checking for leaks.

A 93-year-old woman was the victim of an opportunist would-be thief at her home in Mill Road, Worlingworth on Sunday.

The woman was in her kitchen at around 5.45pm when a man walked in through an unlocked side door.

Anyone with information should telephone Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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