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Has this woman knocked on your door?

Written by on July 3, 2020

We are appealing for information after elderly and vulnerable residents were targeted in a number of distraction burglaries.

Officers are investigating after jewellery and cash were reported stolen from addresses in the Loveclough area of Rossendale.

The first incident took place at around 3.25pm on June 20th when a woman knocked on the door of an address on Burnley Road, claiming to be from a deaf charity.

The elderly resident reported a pocket watch and a gold necklace had been stolen, after being distracted, when the woman asked to use the toilet.

A further two addresses on nearby Hamer Avenue were targeted around 1.30pm on June 23rd where cash was reported stolen in similar circumstances.

Officers would like to speak to the woman pictured, in connection with the incidents. She is described as being in her 20s, of slim build, with long dark hair.

We are now appealing for witnesses, who may have seen suspicious activity in the area, or who may have themselves been approached by a woman matching her description.

We would also remind residents to be vigilant and not invite anyone, not known to them, into their homes.

PC Mark Bewley of Lancashire Police said: “The victims of these crimes are all elderly and vulnerable and their addresses have been selected for this reason.

“We would ask that anyone who recognises this woman to please get in touch with us with any information they may have.

“We would also encourage residents to be vigilant and not allow anyone into your home if you don’t know them or weren’t expecting them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police on 101 or by emailing [email protected] Lancashire.pnn.police.uk quoting log numbers 1357 of June 23rd and 0853 of June 23rd.