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Warning after money stolen from elderly and vulnerable
Tuesday 22nd April, 2014

Police are urging elderly and vulnerable residents in Wigan to be vigilant after money was stolen from homes.

Between 4pm and 5pm on Sunday 23 March 2014, a woman knocked on the door of an elderly mans home on St Pauls Avenue, Worsley Mesnes and asked whether she could use his phone and get a drink of water.

When she left, the man realised his wallet had been stolen.

At around 6.30pm on Tuesday 25 March 2014, an 82-year old woman answered a knock at the door to her Wellington Street home in Scholes where a woman asked her for money and a drink of water.

When the woman left, the victim realised money had been taken.

Detective Constable Kath Andrews from Wigan West INPT said: I would urge the local community to be mindful of these incidents and to take safety measures of their own and to also look out for neighbours and elderly relatives.

By following the Lock, Stop, Chain, Check method - keep all doors locked, always open the door with the chain on and check identification - you have a much better chance of not falling victim to such offences.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crime stoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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