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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 (3035315)
Elderly woman is targeted by bogus drain inspector
by David Simister


A CROOK stole cash from an elderly woman's purse after he pretended to be a drainage inspector in order to gain access to her home in Banks.

Police in West Lancashire said that the man had knocked on the front door of the woman's house, on Hoole Lane, at around 5.30pm on the evening of Friday, February 1, and told her he would like to inspect the bungalow's water pipes because there had been a leak caused by a burst pipe in the area.

After being allowed into the home he told the woman to go around and make sure all her taps were turned off, and while she went to the other rooms in the house to check he found her purse in a drawer in her living room, took some cash out of it and left the house before the woman came back.

The offender has been described as wearing a blue jacket, blue trousers and blue gardening-style gloves, with a black wooly hat and hair which sticks out from the bottom of the hat.

If you have any information about this incident, contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.






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