Beware of bogus housing officer in Mansfield

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Mansfield detectives would like to hear from anyone who has been approached by a bogus ‘official’, alleging to work for Leicestershire Housing, in the last few weeks.

He tricked his way into the flat of an elderly woman on Layton Burroughs in Mansfield on 11th December.

The man, who is described as white, 5’1” tall and in his early 30s, stole cash belonging to the victim.

Det Sgt Rick Ellis, who is investigating this crime, is urging residents to be alert to bogus callers and to check the identification card of anyone coming to the door, claiming to be any sort of public official.

He added: “Someone from the council or a utility company should have made a pre-arranged appointment to visit, so be wary of cold callers. Don’t feel pressurised to let someone in, ask for identification, and ensure they wait outside with the door locked, until you are happy they are who they say they are. If in doubt use the phone book to call their office and double check their identity.”

Anyone with information on this incident or who has had a similar visit should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.