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Pensioner's fear over bogus callers

PUBLISHED: 19:00 29 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH pensioner is living in fear after bogus callers targeted her twice in three days and tried to kick her door in.

Boot marks are still visible on the front-door of Sheila Layne's Landseer Road home, marking where a man attempted to force his way in as she was about to have her lunch.

AN IPSWICH pensioner is living in fear after bogus callers targeted her twice in three days and tried to kick her door in.

Boot marks are still visible on the front-door of Sheila Layne's Landseer Road home, marking where a man attempted to force his way in as she was about to have her lunch.

"My son has taken a week off work because I don't want to be on my own," said 66-year-old Mrs Layne, claiming she has been made ill by the worry caused by the bogus callers.

"I won't open the door to anyone now and I'm worried staying in. I feel ill all day because of the stress."

In the first of two bogus calls in less than 72 hours, a man claiming to be from a water company knocked on Mrs Layne's door asking if he could be let in to check her sink.

The man claimed he was working on the neighbour's water system but Mrs Layne knew this to be untrue and refused to let him in on the morning of Friday, October 19.

Two days later at lunchtime on Sunday, she heard a tap on her door followed by another on her window and men's voices.

"I put the chain on the door and opened it a few inches," said Mrs Layne, telling how she was confronted by one man as another shouted: "Kick the door open".

"I was terrified," she said.

"He kicked the door and it bounced on the chain. I slammed it and he kicked it again. I started to scream and they ran off. The footmarks are still on the door.

"God knows what would have happened if the chain had given or if it hadn't been on. They probably would have rushed in"

Mrs Layne called police after each bogus call and officers came and looked for the men but failed to find them.

Sergeant Neil Boast of Ipswich police said: "This is part of an ongoing problem involving bogus callers. We would encourage everyone to be on their guard and check ID thoroughly of all callers. If in any doubt, do not allow them access and call the police immediately."

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incidents to contact Pc Hayton at Ipswich police station on 01473 383100.

One of the two men who tried to kick Mrs Layne's door in at around 2.30pm on Sunday, October 21, was white, between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 8ins and wearing a maroon jacket.

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