Woman duped by bogus callers

POLICE have warned residents in a picturesque village to remain vigilant after two men duped their way into a property posing as water board officials.

Dave Gooderham

POLICE have warned residents in a picturesque village to remain vigilant after two men duped their way into a property posing as water board officials.

A female homeowner in St Catherine's Road, Long Melford, allowed the men into the property but nothing was stolen.

Detectives have released descriptions of the men wanted in connection with the crime and reiterated the dangers of allowing unidentified men into homes.


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The woman, who has not been named, walked past the two men, both wearing short-sleeved fluorescent jackets, as she walked home sometime between 8.30pm and 8.45pm on Friday.

As soon as she entered her property, the men called at the door and asked to check the water meter claiming there was a leak in the street.

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One of the men walked through the house to the back of the property, checked the meter and then left.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said nothing was stolen during the incident but confirmed there was no leak and no contractors were working in the area at the time.

The first man has been described as white, 6ft tall, in his mid to late 20s, with dark hair, a fringe and dark eyes. The second is also white, described as shorter then the first man, in his early to mid 20s, and with short auburn hair.

It is believed the men might have had a white Ford Transit van parked at the junction with New Road.

Anyone with information should contact DC Ruth Hayter at Sudbury CID on 01284 774100 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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