Woman, 82, victim of distraction burglary

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Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses after a distraction burglary.

At 10.30am yesterday, an 82-year-old woman answered her door to two men in Hunter Drive, Bletchley. The men asked if she needed any work around the house or garden to which the victim asked them if they were there to fix her boiler.

They said yes and told her that they need £1,500 to carry out the work and they would return tomorrow to do it. She then walked to her bank, withdrew £1,100 and handed the money to the men, who were waiting in a car/van opposite the bank.

The offenders are described as white men in their thirties with English accents. The first offender was slim with dark hair and the second offender was medium build with dark brown hair. They were driving a dark blue or black car or van.

PC Laura Garside, of Local CID Milton Keynes, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who may have seen two men acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the offence.

“Perhaps they approached you and were turned away? Perhaps you were another victim and you haven’t reported this to the police? If so, we need to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should contact PC Garside via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police Enquiry Line on 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.