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Bogus Caller Warning After Woman Targeted, Mirfield.

Kirklees detectives are appealing for information after an 80-year-old woman was targeted by bogus callers at her home in Mirfield.

At about 3.30pm on Wednesday (10/2), a man called at the victim’s home in West Royd Avenue and offered to carry out work on the property.

The victim declined but the man persisted giving a price and she later decided to go the bank and draw out the money.

While the victim was still out, the man returned but was challenged by a neighbour and left empty handed.

He was described as white, aged in his late forties, medium build, with dark stubble and a mole on his nose.

Detectives are linking the incident to a previous offence at the same address at about 3pm on January 21 where a large amount of cash was stolen from the victim by a man who distracted her after calling at the house offering to do work.

He was described as white, about 5ft 5ins tall, stocky, with short mousy hair that was combed back. He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket and was in a white van with writing on the side.

Detective Inspector Mark Colman, of Kirklees District CID, said: "We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious around the time of these incidents for who has had similar approaches.

"We urge people to remain vigilant and to contact the police immediately if they see anyone acting suspiciously in their street or calling at homes. We also want people to keep an eye out for their elderly neighbours. If you see someone calling on them and you’re suspicious then contact the police straight away.

"Do not allow strangers into your home if they are not from a company or organisation that is expected for a pre-arranged visit. Keep the door on a chain and ask to see their identification badge and contact the company they claim to work for. Genuine callers will not mind waiting or coming back. If you are in any doubt, contact the police."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirklees District CID at Huddersfield Police Station via 101 quoting crime reference 13160063995 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For non-emergencies dial 101
In an emergency always dial 999


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