Witness appeal following an attempted distraction burglary

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following an attempted distraction burglary in Bradford on Avon.

The incident took place at a residential address in the Highfield Road / New Road area during the afternoon of Tuesday.

Shortly before 3.15pm an elderly man, who was sat resting on a low wall at the junction with Highfield Road and New Road, was approached by two men in a white flatbed vehicle.

The men told the victim they had been sent by his son to carry out gardening work and were allowed access to his home nearby.

Once inside, one of the men asked to use the toilet and the other began to ask what money the elderly victim had.

The victim became suspicious and picked up the phone telling the men he was calling the police, at which time both suspects left the property. Nothing was stolen.

The first man is described as white, of medium build, approximately 5ft 4ins tall, with short, straight hair and aged between 20-25. He was wearing overalls with long sleeves, believed to be blue in colour with some small writing on one of the sides of the chest. This man was driving the vehicle.

The second man is described as white, of medium build, approximately 5ft 5ins – 5ft 7ins tall and aged beteen 20-25. He was wearing similar clothing to the first man.

Detective Constable Anthony King from Wiltshire Police said: “Unfortunately, there are some people who will look to take advantage of a situation and it appears that is exactly what appears to have happened in this case.

“The victim was on his way back from the local shop with the aid of a walking frame and has sat down to rest.

“During this time a vehicle had passed and the occupants of that vehicle have seen what they considered to be an elderly and vulnerable person and have engaged him in friendly conversation with a view to scam and steal from him.”

Officers would like to remind people of the following key safety points:

• Always keep your door shut and locked
• Do not open your door to unknown callers
• Always check callers’ identities
• Be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, note any vehicle registrations, descriptions of persons involved and direction of travel
• If you are at all concerned about a caller, report it to the police immediately by calling 999

Anyone who saw the vehicle or men matching these descriptions in or around the junction with Highfield Road and New Road at around 3.15pm on April 30 should call DC Sam Hopkinson at Wiltshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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    • I know the times are hard, but these two people deserve to be ‘awareded’ the penalty in consumeration to their intent.

      What next, batter an innocent person to death? If this person had a protective pet, say a dog, and it bit them they would be allowed to claim damages from the individual they just attacked and whose privacy and security they breached.

      These individuals should be (along with other prison population) put on a big ship and towed into middle of Atlantic. Than someone should pull the plug…

      Life for some criminals means 15 years at most, I say ‘put them down’ they are drain on society! Those who take away or diminsh another basic rigths should suffer the punishmnent that reflects the crime!

      Sady it all starts with antisocial behaviour, parents who had children and in fact should have been licenced to do so, given poor interest, capability and other ‘wrong’ motivators!

      Only sad!

      • The idea that criminals should be ‘put down’ rather than rehabilitated or that people should be ‘licensed’ to have children is a deplorable view of other human beings. What a nasty view of the world.

        I’d suggest you look past the sensationalist headlines that the newspapers use to report on crime and read the statistics to show that rehabilitation of criminals does work before you so ready condemn strangers to death. Blimey.

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