OAP, 87, targeted in distraction burglary

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Detectives are appealing for witnesses after callous burglars stole cash from a 87-year-old Prescot pensioner.

The elderly victim was targeted by two men at her home in the Molyneux Drive area who offered to clean her gutters.

When the woman was distracted one of the men snuck into the house and stole a quantity of cash.

Both men then drove off in a van which was parked outside the victim’s house.

The pair are believed to have driven off in the direction of the Molyneux Drive shops.

Police say the incident happened on Tuesday, August 9 at around 9.15am.

The first man is described as a white man, approximately 40 years of age, 5ft 8in tall, of proportionate build with long, black, unkempt hair.

The second man was also a white man, in his early 40s, skinny with an unkempt appearance. He had mousy brown long hair and was wearing a green/grey T-shirt and jeans.

DC Sean Kelly-Martland said: "I would appeal for anyone who was in the Molyneux Drive area of Prescot on Tuesday morning who saw the men or saw the van driving around the area to contact us.

"We would always advise people to be vigilant when dealing with strangers.

“The best way to stop all the issues with cold callers is to simply not answer the door to them.

“A cold-caller is anyone who you don’t know who calls at your door unannounced. They don’t always have to be selling something and there can be a variety of stories they will give you in order to get you to allow you in.

"The main thing to remember is that you don’t have to answer your door to them and it is not rude or impolite not to let them in.

"Genuine, legitimate callers will always make an appointment first and will always carry proper identification.

“They will not mind waiting outside while you look up their company and call to check who they are.

“And if you still have any doubts, ask them to come back another time when you can have

a friend, neighbour or relative with you.

"Neighbours can also play a big part in helping protect the more elderly or vulnerable members of our community by keeping an eye out for them, making sure they are okay and reporting anything untoward or suspicious to the police."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Knowsley CID on 0151 777 6255 or the confidential Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.