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Neighbour saves pensioner from becoming victim of bogus official burglars
Friday 30th August, 2013

A neighbour prevented two men from burgling an elderly woman’s home in Wigan.

Sometime between 3pm and 3.50pm on Thursday 29 August 2013, two men called at a house on Windsor Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield.

They told the 81-year-old occupant that they were from the Water Board and needed to check her water.

While they were inside her home a neighbour attended and asked them to leave.

The men left empty-handed in a silver car, possibly a Volkswagen hatchback.

One is described as being white, 19 or 20 years old, of thin build and was wearing a black jacket. His accomplice was about 26, white, of stocky build with light coloured hair and was wearing a beige coat and baseball cap.

Sergeant Dave Johnston, said: "This type of crime, where offenders prey on elderly and vulnerable members of our community, is despicable.

“Had it not been for the intervention of a neighbour I am certain they would most certainly have taken something from her and this case demonstrates just how important it is to look out for others in our community.

“I would ask people to contact the police if they have any information that may assist in this investigation. In particular, if you know the offenders I want you to examine your own conscious and do what is right and identify them.

“Wigan is a safe place to live, but I would urge the community to ensure that they do not allow anyone access to their home unless they are entirely satisfied of their legitimacy."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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