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Conman robs two homes - Hindley
Wednesday 2nd July, 2008

A conman committed two burglaries in Hindley by posing as a water board official.

At around 1.30pm on Thursday 26 June 2008, a man approached his first victim, a 91-year-old woman, when she was at the door of her neighbour's house on Atherton Road.

The man helped the woman lock the door and then went to her own house. He told her that he was sent by the water board to fix a leak.

When inside, the man stole money and a number of items from the house, including the house keys of the woman's neighbour, which he knew of from helping her earlier.

He then went to the house next door and stole more items.

The 91-year-old woman needed an ambulance to be treated for shock and high blood pressure.

Inspector Ian Arrowsmith of Hindley Neighbour Policing Team said: "This was a very cunning offence that left the victim badly shaken, needing medical attention.

"Members of the public are reminded that access should not be allowed to people unless they have confirmed who they are with their identity card and if they are in any doubt refuse them access and contact police.

"It is not just the potential victims we need to appeal to but to the whole community. It's important that you look out for each other and listen to the safety messages we give out. You are our eyes and ears, and we need your help."

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7421 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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