Elderly woman has money stolen in distraction burglary

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Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman had money stolen from her bedroom during a distraction burglary in Northumberland.

The incident happened on Monday between 11.55am and 12.15pm at a house in the Stobhill area of Morpeth. Two men in a white van knocked at the door of a 76-year-old woman and offered to do some work tidying her garden. The resident agreed and the men then asked for a cup of coffee. While the householder was distracted, it is believed one of the men went inside the house and stole an undisclosed amount of cash from her bedroom.

Both men are described as between 30 and 60 years old, around 5'5-8” tall with Irish accents and wearing high-visibility vests and jackets. One had fair hair and thick rimmed glasses.

DC Steve Gibson, Northern CID, said: "We are appealing for witnesses and want to hear from anyone who may know who these men are or may have seen them or their van in the area. We want to remind residents that callers who turn-up unannounced, whether they're claiming to be carrying out work or selling something, should always be treated with caution. Genuine callers will not mind being asked to come back at a different time so their identification can be checked or while arrangements are made for a relative or friend to be present when they return. We always advise people not to let strangers into their home. If they are in any doubt close the door and contact police."

Police are carrying out inquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 81828R/15 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.