My terror at hands of bogus caller

A FRAIL 87-year-old widow last night relived the moment she challenged a bogus caller in her own home.Doris Mills experienced every pensioner's nightmare when she found a burglar in her bedroom and now believes the shock has brought on a serious chest infection.

A FRAIL 87-year-old widow last night relived the moment she challenged a bogus caller in her own home.

Doris Mills experienced every pensioner's nightmare when she found a burglar in her bedroom and now believes the shock has brought on a serious chest infection.

Mrs Mills has been prescribed drugs after she began to feel unwell following the distraction burglary at her home in Haverhill, and admitted she still feels "rotten".

She is furious that she should be targeted by the thief, who unlocked a bedroom window and climbed through while Mrs Mills was at her backdoor talking to another man, who claimed to be looking for his Jack Russell dog.

Angry Mrs Mills said she went cold as she came face-to-face with the burglar after she went to investigate when her pet cat, Scratch, became agitated.

"I asked him what he was doing and he said he was looking for his dog. I told him he wouldn't find it in my bedroom and told him to get out. He brushed past me and went to the unit in my living room and grabbed £65 and then left.

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"I'm just glad I had put £300 I had to pay my bills into the bank earlier that day but I'm still very shaken and angry about what happened.

"I'm not at all well and had to have the doctors in yesterday. They believe the chest infection I have developed has been caused by shock.

"I'm a very trusting person and believed this young man who came to my back door and said he was looking for his lost Jack Russell."

Mrs Mills, a grandmother of 18 who lost her husband, Thomas, almost 20 years ago, said: "I was quite shocked when I heard myself telling him to get out but he was rummaging through my things in my bedroom and I couldn't believe it."

The pensioner said that without 16-year-old Scratch she would have known nothing about the intruder and he may well have got away with more treasured possessions.

The EADT re-launched the Safe in Your Home campaign following the death of pensioner Thelma Avis, 90, who died shortly after bogus callers stole thousands of pounds from her Colchester home.

Police have treated her death as murder and the EADT campaign has been supported by Mrs Avis's family and police. Three men are currently on police bail in connection with Mrs Avis's death. They are due to answer bail next month.

One of the conmen who struck at Mrs Mills' home on the evening of Friday, November 14, is tall and has blond hair. He wore dark clothing and is thought to be in his late teens. The other man was of below average height with short brown hair and wore a red and black anorak.

Suffolk police spokesman Mike Nunn described the crime as "particularly despicable and distressing". He said: "Suffolk police condemn all criminal acts, especially those targeted towards elderly members of our community.

"We would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to be vigilant when they are receiving an unexpected call at their door. Always ask for photographic identification and don't keep large sums of money in your house. The simple message is, if in doubt keep them out and dial 999."

Anyone with any information should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers in confidence on freephone 0800 555111.

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