New bogus caller alert in Essex

POLICE are warning people to be extra cautious after a spate of bogus caller incidents this week.There were four incidents of conmen attempting to trick their way into people's houses in Tendring on Tuesday.

POLICE are warning people to be extra cautious after a spate of bogus caller incidents this week.

There were four incidents of conmen attempting to trick their way into people's houses in Tendring on Tuesday. .

In the first, two men knocked on a door in Dedham Road, Ardleigh, at about 9.45am. They told the woman owner they were water board officials and needed to turn the water off or her house would flood.

The woman had put her door chain on before answering the knock, so the men were unable to get in and left.


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Both men were described as white, with dark hair, one was about 19-years-old, the other was in his 20s.

An elderly man in Frinton Road, Thorpe-le-Soken, was next to be targeted, at about 10.45am.

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The man, who is deaf, was taken into the bathroom by one man, while two more searched the house.

The gang left empty-handed. A neighbour spotted the three young men leaving the house in a red Peugeot car, which was Harwich-bound.

At 11am, a man described as white and in his 30s, knocked on the door at Thorpe Road, Clacton, and said he was from the council. The home-owner refused to let him in.

Just before midday, a man knocked on the door of a woman in Walton Road, Kirby Le Soken. He said he was from the council and needed to turn off the water as there had been a sewage leak.

The woman refused him entry and said she was calling the police. However, the man walked past the woman and into the house. While the woman was watching him his accomplice snuck in and stole £700.

Police have praised the victims for their vigilance and actions. Tendring police spokeswoman Elaine Seymour said: "It is good to hear that we are getting the message across. These victims all did the right thing by turning away these callous, cowardly thieves.

"Never let anyone into your home without thoroughly checking their ID or calling their company to check that they are genuine. Fit door chains and spy holes and if you are suspicious in any way, call the police as soon as possible."

Any one with information about these crimes should contact Detective Sergeant Barry Blackman at Clacton CID on 01255 221312.

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