Police are appealing for help after a pensioner managed to thwart a burglar posing as an engineer earlier this month.

The man living in Millfield Avenue, Walthamstow, answered his door to someone claiming to need to inspect the water pipes inside his house because there was a problem with the mains in the road.

The victim led the man, about 30 years old and 5’6” tall, into the kitchen to look at the stopcock, which turns the water pipe on or off.

But while the homeowner looked for it he noticed the man quickly sneak to the front door, where he heard him speaking to someone else.

The elderly victim then pretended he had someone coming round to visit him soon, and the man made his excuses and left.

The victim then called the police.

The incident occurred just before 5pm Tuesday, January 8, but police have only released the appeal now.

Detective Constable Ray Anderson advised people to check cold caller’s identification and confirm they are telling the truth by contacting the company they claim to work for.

Any witnesses can contact DC Anderson on 0203 276 0944.