Bogus ‘council worker’ burgled elderly woman

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AN elderly woman had her purse stolen when a man claiming to be a council worker called at her home and his accomplice took advantage of her being distracted.

The 78-year-old woman, who lives in the Ladybrook estate in Mansfield, was the victim of the distraction burglary at around 4pm on Wednesday 22nd June.

The offender told the pensioner he had come to her address to cut the hedge in her garden.

He asked her to go into the back garden with him, during which time a second person entered the woman’s home and stole her purse, which contained cash.

The other man left and the woman discovered her purse was missing soon after.

The man is described as white, in his mid-20s, between 5ft 10ins and 6ft tall and is of slim to medium build.

He has short dark brown hair and was wearing a black zip up jacket and black trousers.

Residents are being reminded they should take measures to ensure callers are genuine before letting them into their home or garden.

They should ask a caller to prove who they are by showing proof of identification.

Companies and organisations will not mind residents contacting them to verify a caller is legitimate.

Witnesses, anyone who recognises the description of the offender, or anyone who has been a victim of a similar incident, should contact police.

Call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.