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Man claiming to be a plumber visits elderly Nottingham woman’s home and steals £1,000

A man claiming to be a plumber stole more than £1,000 from an elderly Nottingham woman.

Police say that the man called at the victim’s house in Stapleford to check her boiler and stole cash.

Officers are urging the public to be vigilant.

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They have now issued a CCTV image to help with their investigation.

Investigator Martin Prentice from Nottinghamshire Police said: “The man knocked on the vulnerable woman’s door and explained to her how he was checking a boiler at a house down the round and he needed to check her boiler too.

“She trusted him and let him into her home. He then distracted her by asking her to turn the taps on and off.

“Around £400 was taken from her purse, meanwhile more than £1,000 and a gold chain was also taken from a drawer in her bedroom.

“I would also urge other people living in the area – especially those who are vulnerable – not to answer the door to anybody who calls unannounced, especially somebody claiming to be a workman.

“No reputable workman or engineer would call in this way so please do not allow them into your home. If you are concerned about somebody then please call the police at the earliest opportunity.

“We are asking anyone who has any information or was in the Hillfield Road area at around 2.15pm on 6 April 2021 to help with our enquiries.

“If you recognise the man pictured then please get in touch. We would like to speak to him in connection with the incident. If you can help please call 101, quoting incident 341 of 6 April 2021.”

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