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Elderly woman falls victim to callous distraction burglary

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POLICE are hunting for two men who carried out a “callous” distraction burglary involving the theft of cash from an elderly woman at Great Sankey, Warrington.

The incident happened at around 8.30pm on November 4 when two men entered an address near St Mary’s Road. The occupant, an elderly woman, confronted them in her living room. The two men purported to be from the Fire Service and said there was a fire at the back of her property.

The men then went on to steal cash and a bank card before fleeing the scene. The men are described as white, with one being of larger build than the other. Both are in their 40s and spoke with local accents .

DC Vicky Goodwin said: “The lady repeatedly asked for identification but one of the men kept her talking while the other made a search of the property. Taking advantage of a vulnerable woman was a callous act. I hope that if someone remembers seeing suspicious activity in the area around this time they will phone police on 101 to help us find those responsible.”

Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 961 of 4 November 2017.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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