‘Water problem’ conman targets pensioner

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Police are appealing for information after a man tried to con a Chorley pensioner in his own home.

The incident happened on Brown Street between 5pm and 6pm on Saturday, January 21.

The conman knocked on the door claiming that there was a problem with the water because of a leak on Eaves Lane and that the water might be contaminated. He said he would return in twenty minutes.

When he returned the conman ask the victim, who is in his 90s, to run some water off and then to fill some pans of water. The offender then went upstairs and into the pensioners bedroom.

PC Claire Parrish said: “At this stage we do not believe anything has been stolen but I do not think that that is was for the lack of trying.

“The offender has gone upstairs and looked for items to steal, maybe cash or jewellery.

“I am keen to speak to anyone who as in the area at the time and who may have witnessed suspicious activity to come forward and contact the police.

“Also, if anyone has had similar incidents in the area then again, I would bee eager to speak with them.”

The offender is described as in his 40s, white, around 5ft 6, well built, tanned complexion, clean shaven, wearing a dark coloured anorak and jeans, and working clothes, although they looked clean.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Chorley Police on 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.