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Bogus Official Incident - Hindley
Saturday 4th November, 2006

Police in Wigan are warning elderly residents to be extra vigilant after two bogus official incidents on Thursday 26 October 2006.

Both incidents happened within a short time of one another on The Lawns in Hindley and involved a man entering the women's houses claiming to be from the waterboard. He told them he was there to check the water for a red dye that had been put into the supply.

He asked to be shown into the kitchen and asked for the water to be run. Both woman stayed with the man at all time and escorted him from their homes empty handed.

However, after he left the addresses the women checked and found that there was no official reason for him to have attended. They then reported the matter to the police.

The man was wearing a yellow workman's vest and was described as white, 40-50 years old, 5'10'' tall and of slim build. He had spiky grey hair, stubble and spoke with a Liverpool accent.

Although nothing was stolen on either of these occasions, residents are reminded to be vigilant about letting strangers into their homes.

If people don't feel comfortable about a caller coming into their home they don't have to let them in. Most representatives from the council, social services or reputable organisations will usually make an appointment before calling and they should always show authentic identification.

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