Woman with dementia targeted in distraction burglary

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POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was targeted in a distraction burglary at her home in on Friday.

The offence took place between 1 p.m. and 2-30 p.m. at a terraced house on Grane Road, Haslingden, close to the courtyard industrial unit.

A man engaged the victim, in her early 80s, who suffers from dementia, in a conversation outside the house about guttering work.

He told the woman that she owed him £60 and then followed the victim into her house where she felt intimidated and handed over the money.

Det. Insp. Jeremy Holland, from Pennine CID, said: “The victim is elderly and suffers from slight dementia making this offence even more disturbing as we believe she may have been targeted due to her vulnerability.

“Distraction burglary is a heartless crime which can have a devastating impact on older people, both emotionally and financially.

“Distraction burglars are calculating thieves and can be very convincing. Although we’ve only had one offence reported to police, it is possible this man could be targeting elderly people in the area so I’d urge people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to police.

“I’d appeal to anyone with any information about this incident or indeed anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence that may have witnessed anything that could assist with our investigation to come forward.”

Anyone with any information should call Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.