Police issue warning to residents

POLICE are today urging people to be on guard after two incidents of bogus callers.The first incident happened at about 12.30pm on February 22 when a man arrived at the home of an 81-year-old woman in Dale Hall Lane, Castle Hill, saying he needed her name, address and telephone number so his boss could contact her.

POLICE are today urging people to be on guard after two incidents of bogus callers.

The first incident happened at about 12.30pm on February 22 when a man arrived at the home of an 81-year-old woman in Dale Hall Lane, Castle Hill, saying he needed her name, address and telephone number so his boss could contact her.

A second man telephoned the woman later to say there was a blockage in the drains and that he needed £450 as deposit to pay for the hire of machinery to clear them. The victim went to the Building Society but was told by staff to get the workmen to collect the money themselves. As she left, she was approached by the first man who attempted to get the money off her but left empty handed when he realised she did not have it.

The first man is described as white, aged 18 to 20, about 5ft 8ins, average build with a round face and cropped dark hair. He was clean shaven and was wearing a navy jumper with a white logo on and dark trousers.


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There was another incident at about 3.30pm on February 22 in Wroxham Road, off Cliff Lane, where a man went to the home of a 72-year-old, took her details and phoned her later to say her drains were blocked and to pay £475 to complete the work.

She said she did not have the money and when he offered to drive her to the bank, she became suspicious. He refused to sign any paperwork and she never heard from him again.

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He is described as white, 35 to 40 years old, 6ft, well built, with mousy straight hair. He was clean shaven, had a round face.

If you have any information about either incident, call Dc Derek Riley on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Have you been affected by this type of crime? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or visit the forum at www.eveningstar.co.uk

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