Neighbour foils attempt to con Yate pensioner

September 23 2020
Neighbour foils attempt to con Yate pensioner

POLICE have commended a quick-thinking neighbour who rushed to stop two conmen from burgling an elderly woman's home after distracting her.

The pair were spotted at the woman's home in Rodborough, Yate, at around 5.45pm on September 17.

Avon and Somerset police say one man approached the door and spoke to the woman, before walking her round to the side of the house.

A police spokesperson said: "The other man was hiding in a bush and ran into the house while the woman was distracted. A neighbour witnessed it and ran out to stop them."

The first man is described as white, around 35-years-old, approximately 5 ft 8in tall and of medium build. He had short, cropped, light brown hair and was very smartly dressed in a light blue shirt, navy trousers and brown coloured shoes.

He was also carrying what appeared to be a blue laptop case in his hand, and was wearing a blue surgical mask.

The second man was described as white, middle aged and wearing a dark coloured cap. He had longer hair tied in a ponytail.

Police investigating officer Alastair Binnie, from Operation Remedy, said: “This is the eighth incident we have had in the area over the past few weeks where elderly people are targeted. "Luckily, in the majority of the cases, the offenders have been unsuccessful in stealing anything, however it has been incredibly distressing for the victims. If anyone has seen any suspicious activity that they think could help with our investigation, then please get in touch immediately.

I commend the quick thinking of the neighbour who helped to stop this. I would also urge anyone with elderly relatives, friends or neighbours, to check in on them to remind them about the important safety advice for dealing with cold callers coming to the door.

"If in doubt, don’t hesitate to call 999.”

The other seven incidents have involved a man and a woman targeting elderly people in north Bristol and Thornbury.

The two Thornbury incidents happened on consecutive days in early September and involved "vulnerable" women.

The suspects in these cases are a man and woman who are both described as white, 5ft 8in tall and speaking "with an accent, possibly Irish".

The man is described as being very thin, with long straggling hair, and the woman as having long dark hair and wearing dark clothes.

People are being advised t ensure their front door has a chain they can use when answering, be wary of leaving doors and windows unlocked and to ask all unexpected callers for ID.

Anyone who thinks they have information about the suspects should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220 211 839.