Money stolen from Atherton pensioner

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Three men stole money from an elderly woman in Atherton.

At around 2pm on Wednesday August 12, the 84-year-old answered a knock at the door of her home on Lodge Road.

A man told her she needed work on her gutters before a price was agreed.

When she showed him to the garden, two other men followed him and started to look at the gutters.

They asked for the money before the work was finished and said they were going to get supplies. She demanded they gave her back the cash but they refused and when she threatened to call police, they left.

One man is described as being white, in his late 30s, of medium build, around 5ft 4in to 5ft 6in tall, had short dark wavy hair and wore dark clothing. The other two men were white and wore high-vis jackets. All three had Liverpool accents.

Detective Constable Lynsey Watson said: “The victim has been left deeply distressed by what has happened and cannot believe she has been targeted in such a way.

“I would firstly appeal to anyone who may have seen these men in the area at the time of the incident to call police. I would also ask those who believe they have also fallen victim to these men to report it to police so we can launch an investigation.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7255 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.