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Fake police attack mother in front of her children

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THREE men forced their way into a family home at Warrington claiming to be police officers – then assaulted a mother in front of her children and stole property.
The incident was in the Old Hall area yesterday (Thursday) and now police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
It was 6.45pm when the raiders struck, forcing their way into the house and confronting the occupants, including their children.
The men at first claimed they were from the police before assaulting the occupant and stealing items from the house. The victim managed to activate the house alarm and the offenders ran off towards Old Hall Road.
All three offenders were wearing dark clothing including black woolly hats, black jackets and black trousers with their faces covered. Two of the offenders were described as being around 5ft 3 and 5ft 7 in height..
Detective Constable Alex Reeves, of Warrington CID, said: “This offence terrified the victim and left her and the children shaken in their own home. I want to urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to come forward and call 101.
“I want to take this opportunity to remind residents to protect themselves against bogus callers and officials by considering keeping their front doors locked even when at home and I would also advise fitting a chain on the front door.
“If anyone calls at your door claiming to be from a company or public service, please ask them to show you their identification badge. All genuine callers will carry one and won’t mind if you ask.
“Officers who aren’t in uniform will still have their warrant identification card. When looking at the identity card, check they look like the person on the card and close the door while you do this. If you are not expecting them and they have not shown you an identity card, don’t let them in.
“If you have any doubts then keep them out of your house and contact the police immediately on 101.”
Anybody who has any information, which may be able to assist detectives with their enquiries is asked to contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 807 of January 18. Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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