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Dales thief targets vulnerable pensioner in Hawes
1:34pm Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
POLICE are appealing for information and offering advice following a sneak-in burglary in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.
Sometime between August 16 and 19 a thief crept into a flat on Burtersett Road, Hawes, and stole around £200 from an elderly and vulnerable woman.
Leyburn police are now asking anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious to contact them.
They are also offering advice in the hope of preventing similar incidents in the future.
Inspector Mark Gee said: “I am asking relatives and friends to keep an eye out for neighbours, of any age, who may be vulnerable.
“If they see someone they don’t recognise approaching the property, they should make sure they get a good description of them and any vehicle they may be using.”
He added: “North Yorkshire Police runs the Nominated Neighbour Scheme. Elderly or vulnerable people, who would prefer not to answer the door to cold callers, can display a sign near the door directing them to a neighbour’s house, who will deal with the visitor on their behalf.”
For more information about the Nominated Neighbour Scheme visit northyorkshire.police.uk/neighbour, of for general crime prevention advice, where you can take a survey of your home’s security, northyorkshire.police.uk/crimeprevention.
Anyone who can help with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact Leyburn police on 101, select option two and ask for Dave Cousins. Alternatively information can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111.
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