Bogus official swipes cash

A CRUEL trickster posing as a “water board” official stole cash from an 87-year-old woman in Pontefract.

A man knocked on the door of the pensioner’s home in the Love Lane area of the town and told her he needed to check the “water flow” at the property at around 3.30pm last Friday.

The woman let him in – but while she was upstairs running taps in the bathroom, the man stole cash from her purse.

Police are investigating the “bogus official” theft and officers from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team (NPT) are warning residents to be on their guard to stop distraction burglaries.

Insp Richard Sullivan. of the NPT, said: “We cannot stress enough how important it is to check the ID of any stranger who knocks on your door.

“If in doubt, do not let them in.”

Officers from the NPT have filmed a video offering advice to tackle the offences – including asking any callers for ID.

Insp Sullivan added: “Please see an educational video filmed by our team of officers on YouTube or via our Pontefract and Knottingley NPT Facebook page. Please also pass on this message to elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.