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Bogus police steal from woman, 93

Burglars pretending to be police officers have robbed an elderly woman of more than £1,000 at her home in sheltered housing in Dartford.

The 93-year-old was at home in Loam Court, Meadowside, when two men knocked on the door and said they were police.

One distracted her while the other stole about £80 from her handbag along with credit cards.

The other took £1,000 from a silver pot.

It was when they asked where her jewellery was that she became suspicious and accused them of not being police officers.

The pair then ran off.

A police spokesman said it appeared she did not ask to see or check their identity documents.

“They stood outside, said they were from the police, and told the frail 93-year-old that she had been broken into,” he added.

The men went into her home, where one entered a bedroom and opened a window. He said this was where they got in.

There have been several similar incidents in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, but detectives are not linking them with the robbery in Dartford.

If you can help with information about the incident, which happened about 7pm on Sunday night, ring 101 and quote crime reference XY 5354/13.

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