Pensioners warned to watch money

PENSIONERS whose money is stolen by thieves and muggers is an issue to be highlighted this week.Suffolk County Council is backing campaigns to be put out on national television and radio telling older people to be extra careful.

PENSIONERS whose money is stolen by thieves and muggers is an issue to be highlighted this week.

Suffolk County Council is backing campaigns to be put out on national television and radio telling older people to be extra careful.

Charity Action for Elder Abuse says that £2 million in cash is stolen from older people, mainly by their own middle-aged children, with a further £5 million in property sold without consent or stolen.

Councillor Graham Newman, portfolio holder for Adult and Community Services, said: "Sadly, abuse of vulnerable older people is more widespread than we previously recognised, even here in Suffolk. “Specialist council staff are now working very closely with the police, trying to protect as many people as possible from this despicable crime. Everyone should know that if suspicions of abuse are reported, we will investigate, we will believe that person, and they should have no fear in telling somebody.

“Also, if you are a friend or relation of a vulnerable person, and you have suspicions, or they tell you they are worried, then we implore you to report any concerns straight away. Contact the police or social care staff at the council on 08456 023023."