Appeal after distraction thief targets Middlewich pensioner Date published: 1st February 2018 4.05pm

Officers from Cheshire Police are appealing for information after a heartless thief targeted a vulnerable resident in Middlewich.

Sometime between 3pm and 4pm on Wednesday 31 January the victim, an elderly woman, was visited by a man who claimed that the he had been sent to do some gardening work at her home on Chadwick Road, Middlewich.

The man told the victim she needed to pay him £30 in advance to complete the work, which she did. However, after handing over the cash the offender left the property, claiming that he needed to get some tools, and never returned.

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 30-years-old and of slim build. At the time of the incident he was wearing an orange jacket.

Detective Constable Kevin Lloyd said: “This was a despicable crime, preying on a vulnerable woman and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the person responsible.

“Enquiries in relation to the incident are currently ongoing and I urge anyone with any information, no matter how small, to contact the team here at Crewe on 101.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to remain vigilant of anyone who comes to your door offering to carry out work, and I urge people to report any suspicious activity to us immediately on 101.”

There are a number of tips to follow to prevent this type of crime:

  • Don’t let anyone into your home who calls unexpectedly and if you have a chain, always use it.
  • If you do answer the door, make sure you have the door on the chain and ask for identification. 
  • But most importantly, if you have any doubts about them being genuine, don't let them in and ask them to come back later when you are not alone.

Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to call Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 564 of 31 January 2018.

Information can also be passed anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111. Further crime reduction advice visit www.cheshire.police.uk .