Women targeted by gang

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TWO elderly women were targeted in a distraction burglary in Welney last week when four men posed as policemen.

The men entered the home of the women between 2-3.30pm last Sunday after claiming to be police officers investigating a burglary.

The women, who were both in their 60s and 70s, live in a property in Lakes End, in the village.

Two of the men stayed and questioned the women while the other two went upstairs and searched the house.

It is not believed that anything was stolen.

DC Steve Matthews, Operation RADAR, said: “This was a cynical claim by the offenders to con their way in to the victims’ home.

“We would ask other residents to be vigilant and always ask for identification from any unexpected callers, even if they claim to be police officers. 

“You do not have to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they claim to be. Police officers will always be happy for you to check their authenticity or make a future appointment.”

Lin Mathews, Information and Advice Assistant Manager at Age UK Norfolk said: “People who call at your home may well be genuine.

“However, it is a good idea to take precautions when answering the door to people you don’t know.”

She added: “If you are not expecting a visitor Age UK Norfolk would advise you to take the following steps.

“Always lock the back door if you are answering the front door.

“Look through a window or spy-hole to see who is outside before answering.

“Ask to see identification or a proof of their identity and examine it carefully.”

“Remember, you do not have to let any stranger into your home.

“If you are suspicious or the caller will not leave, dial 999 and ask for the police.”

Three of the offenders were white and aged between 25 and 35. 

The fourth man is described as having a tanned complexion and aged between 35 and 40. 

The men may be linked to a dark blue or black Audi A6. 

Officers from the Operation RADAR team are appealing for witnesses, call 101 (calls cost 15p) with any information.