Bogus callers target OAP homes

ELDERLY residents were said to have suffered "considerable distress" after distraction burglars targeted their sheltered homes.Two young men gained entry to four homes in Richard Kitson Court, Chapel Lane, Wickham Market, between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday, and tried to gain access to another.

ELDERLY residents were said to have suffered "considerable distress" after distraction burglars targeted their sheltered homes.

Two young men gained entry to four homes in Richard Kitson Court, Chapel Lane, Wickham Market, between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday, and tried to gain access to another.

Nothing was stolen, but police said the events had caused residents considerable distress.

Working independently, the men used a variety of excuses to try to gain entry to homes over a period of around an hour.

One of the men pretended to be a nurse working with the police, claiming they were there investigating a burglary. He then proceeded to search for cash and the resident's pension book.

"Fortunately nothing was taken from any of the residents. However, the events have caused them considerable distress," a police spokesman said.

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Margaret Reid, a former night warden at the site who lives in a neighbouring property hoped that the authorities would step up security there following the incident.

"It has frightened everybody. It's dreadful," said Mrs Reid.

One of the suspects is described as around 18 years old and white. He was wearing a grey jumper, blue jeans and had a scruffy appearance. He may have spoken with a foreign accent.

The other is described as in his late teens to early 20s with a blue shirt and dark hair which was brushed back. He was said to be of average build and height.

One of the suspects may have had a hunched back.

Police are warning members of the public to be on their guard.

They said they should always insist on seeing identification, and phone police if in doubt about someone.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Woodbridge CID on 01473 613500.

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