Burglars continue to target elderly

Police urge the public to be vigilant

Police urge the public to be vigilant

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Waltham Forest. Call me on 07824 530 130

Elderly people continue to be targeted by distraction burglars in the area after two further reports yesterday.

On Sunday, three elderly women were approached in South Woodford by a man pretending to need money to take a relative to hospital.

Two women in Charnwood Drive refused the request, but an 82-year-old in Onslow Gardens handed over £40.

Yesterday a man with an English accent knocked at the home of an 89-year-old in Tomswood Hill, Barkingside, and said he needed money for a taxi for a relative.

As he stood at the door, a woman described as being of Eastern European appearance, approached and they both asked for a glass of water.

When the woman noticed her purse was missing, she asked them to leave and they drove away in a dark-coloured car.

An elderly woman was earlier targeted in Roding Lane South, Woodford Green.

A man knocked at her door and asked for money for a taxi as a relative had been rushed to hospital.

The woman eventually handed over £50.

Police are urging the public to be vigilant and call 999 if you witness anything suspicious.


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