Distraction burglary warning

Police appeal
Police appeal

POLICE are urging residents in Wigan to be vigilant after reports of distraction burglaries.

Between Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November, there were three reports in the Aspull and Standish area.

On each occasion, offenders have claimed to be working for a water company called Dyno Field and have been there to test the water pressure and drains.

On one occasion a gold watch was taken from a property on Ashfield Drive and on another a victim in the Greenways area was charged £2,700 for work that was allegedly carried out on his drains.

There are a number of descriptions for the offenders including one man being well dressed and quietly spoken in the Ashfield Drive area, three men in the Ashfield Drive area wearing a body warmer and gloves and two men in their 30s, with one of large build and one small. They were seen in the Greenway’s area.

Police Constable Alan Crabtree said: “These men are purposefully targeting people and claiming they need to get into their home for genuine reasons. At some point the victim has been distracted and property has been stolen.

“I would ask anyone who believe they may have seen these men or been approached by them to contact police.

“I would also like to remind residents of the importance of asking callers for identification and even then, if you are unsure, do not let them into your home.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 quoting incident number 1275 on 05/11/15 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.