WEST NORFOLK: Thieves strike at 83-year-old's home in quiet village

PUBLISHED: 14:24 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

AN 83-YEAR-OLD woman was left shaken after thieves attempted to steal from her West Norfolk home. The incident took place at around 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday) in Downham Road, Nordelph. The woman and two friends that were visiting at the time, were pers

AN 83-YEAR-OLD woman was left shaken after thieves attempted to steal from her West Norfolk home.

The incident took place at around 12.30pm yesterday (Thursday) in Downham Road, Nordelph.

The woman and two friends that were visiting at the time, were persuaded to walk down her garden by a man wanting to discuss water piping with her.

During this time it is believed that another man entered her home and made a tidy search of all the upstairs rooms.

Nothing is believed to have been taken but police have taken the opportunity to remind householders to be vigilant to the dangers of bogus callers and rogue traders.

One of the men wore smart grey trousers and brown shoes. The other was described as having dark brown hair.

Bogus callers are conmen who use a variety of stories to gain access to a person's home in order to steal. They may pose as an official caller from a local authority or a utility company with a plausible explanation for needing to enter the home.

Rogue traders are people who pretend to be builders needing to do 'urgent' repairs or salesmen offering bargain products. They often pressurise householders to pay in advance for materials or do poor work at highly inflated prices.

A common factor is that both bogus callers and rogue traders prey on vulnerable older or disabled people. Many offences go unreported.

Often such traders don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods - which is all too often the case.

Such traders often ask for cash upfront, and don't offer the entitled seven-day cancellation rights.

Anyone with any information about the Nordelph incident should contact Det Con Stephen Matthews at Dereham Police on 0845 456 4567 or alternatively Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Anyone experiencing problems with traders, or needing further advice, can call the national consumer helpline - Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.


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