Officers appeal after distraction burglars strike in Littleport

POLICE are appealing for information after three distraction burglaries over two days in East Cambridgeshire and neighbouring South Cambs.

In the most recent incident, three men tried to distract an elderly woman at her home in Littleport.

The men, claiming to be from the gas board, called at her home in Upton Place, at 7.50pm on Wednesday evening (June 20).

They asked to turn the gas off as there was a problem in the area, one of the men went through to the kitchen while the other two stood outside. Nothing was stolen.

The men left in the direction of Parsons Road when neighbours chased the men off.

The first man is described as white, about six foot and slim. He had black hair and was wearing a blue shirt.

The second man was white, about 5’6”, with brown hair and was wearing a brown suit.

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The third man is described as white and smartly dressed.

A further two incidents happened in South Cambridgeshire. The first in Butts Green, Whittlesford, at 10am on Tuesday (June 19) and the second incident happened shortly after 10am in Fincham’s Close, Linton, on Tuesday.

Detective Inspector Ian Simmons, who is investigating, said: “All of these offences are targeting vulnerable people and are despicable crimes.

“I would urge the community to look out for their elderly neighbours, be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.”

Anyone with information should contact DI Simmons on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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