Warning over bogus callers blamed for burglaries

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BOGUS callers posing as staff from utility companies have targeted homes across Leigh.

Detectives are warning elderly folk to on their guard after men claiming to be gas and water officials were blamed for seven burglaries in the borough within the space of a few hours on Wednesday, June 1.

The victims reported cash had been stolen after they had let people into their homes.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington said: “The kinds of people that deliberately target and steal from the most vulnerable members of our society are not fit to be free to walk the streets.

“The elderly residents who live on our streets and in our towns, who have served the community for decades, deserve the utmost respect, not to be targeted by callous thieves and robbed of their hard earned cash.

“I would urge all residents to be wary, to keep an eye out and to never let a stranger into your home unless you are completely satisfied they are a genuine caller.”

At about 4pm, a 91-year-old partially sighted woman refused to allow a man who claimed to be a gas worker into her home on Willow Crescent, Leigh.

And two men called at Laburnum Avenue, Leigh, and told an 87-year-old woman that a water pipe had burst.

While she was in the kitchen with one man – described as white, in his 20s, with dark hair and of medium build - the other went upstairs.

Homes were also targeted in Buxton Close, Atherton, Winchester Grove, Lower Ince, Rupert Street, Scholes, Rose Avenue, Beech Hill, Woodhouse Lane, Beech Hill and Juniper Drive, Hindley.

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 856 7203.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.