Appeal for witnesses after elderly lady targeted by bogus official in Preston 

OFFICERS are appealing for help to trace witnesses after a vulnerable lady was targeted in her own home yesterday evening in Penwortham

The incident happened at around 6pm on Thursday 27th November on Broadfield Drive, Penwortham in Preston.

It is believed that two men entered the house claiming to be checking the water pressure saying that work nearby had caused problems with the supply. Whilst she was distracted they have rifled through her possessions and a substantial amount of cash was taken.

The men made off with around £5,000 in cash but the 86 year old victim was left very distressed. The two men are both described as white, one aged in their 20s and the other in their 30s. Both were wearing dark clothing and hats.

DS Jerry Sturgess of Preston CID said: “This is a despicable crime targeting an elderly and vulnerable lady in her own home. We urge anyone with any information at all please to come forward.”

Anyone with information about the burglary or about the offenders can contact Preston Police on 101 quoting log reference 1104 of November 27th.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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