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Police are warning residents after there have been two bogus official burglaries in Wigan
Friday 6th December, 2013

The first incident happened between 2.30pm and 2.50pm on Wednesday 4 December 2013 when a man approached the back of an address on Church Street in Golborne.

He knocked on the door and when the 82-year-old woman answered he said he was doing some work in the local area and needed to check the water pressure.

She invited him in, he told her to check the taps upstairs and while she did this he searched the other rooms.

When he returned he offered her compensation and requested money so he could give her some change. He took £20 and said he would get a receipt.

He left the house and did not return.

He is described as a white man, in his mid-20s, of medium build, he had medium length hair and spoke with possibly a Liverpool accent.

The second incident happened between 4pm and 4.45pm the same day when two men approached a house on Leigh Road in Hindley.

They initially knocked on the front door and when they got no reply they went round the back and knocked on the back door.

The 77-year old woman answered and they introduced themselves as waterboard officials and asked to check her water.

She allowed them inside the house and while she stayed in the kitchen with one of the men, the other went into the living room and stole cash from her purse.

Both men left through the back door and said they would return in 20 minutes.

The first offender is described as a white man, about 5ft 5in tall, he was wearing a beige anorak and spoke with an Irish accent.

The second is described as a white man in his 30s, he had dark hair which was swept back, he wore a navy jumper with a pattern around the neck. He spoke with an Irish accent.

Police Constable Linda Howcroft from Leigh police station, said: “This type of crime is always made worse when an offender deliberately targets older and more vulnerable members of the community.

"The victims have been left very upset following the incidents. If anyone saw men matching these descriptions in or around the area when the incidents took place, then please get in touch with us.

“It is important to be cautious when opening the door I would people to take a number of simple steps which can help you avoid becoming a victim of this type of crime.

“Stop and think before you open the door. If possible, look out of the window or use a door viewer to check whether you know the caller.

“Ask to see an identification card and check it carefully. If you have not got a door bar or chain, ask the caller to push their identity card through the letterbox and check the photograph corresponds to the caller.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7964 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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