Homeowner thrown to floor by bogus official

Police appeal
Police appeal

A MAN claiming to be from a water company assaulted a homeowner in Wigan during an attempted robbery.

At 9.30am on Tuesday, November 3, a man knocked on the door of a home on Manchester Road, Ince, claiming there was a problem with pipes.

He was allowed in and walked into the kitchen, turning taps on. He then walked into the living room and looked around.

The 52-year-old homeowner asked him to leave before the victim was pushed to the floor. The offender tried to walk upstairs but there was a struggle and he eventually left empty handed.

The man is described as being white, in his late 20s/early 30s, 5ft 7in tall, of medium build with dark stubble on his face. He wore a black hooded jacket with the hood up, black gloves and spoke with an Irish accent.

Police Constable Sean Robinson said: “The victim grew suspicious when he saw the man in his living room, looking around and when he was challenged, he was thrown to the floor.

“I would ask anyone who has any information about this man or believe they have been approached by the same person, to call police. Please help us stop this person from committing any further crimes”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.