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Elderly man loses over a thousand pounds after being targeted by a thief at his home in Fens Way, Swanley

An elderly man had over a thousand pounds stolen after being targeted by a doorstep thief.

Police were called to Fens Way, Swanley, on Friday April 25 to a report that a man had approached a resident and offered to carry out some gardening work.

The caller asked for an initial payment but while the suspect was in the victim’s home, a large amount of money was believed to have been stolen when the victim went to the toilet.

Officers are now reminding residents to be on the lookout for bogus callers and rogue traders who seek to take advantage of innocent people.

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Detective Sergeant Neil Kimber said: "We suggest residents take some time to research reputable companies, with the help of family or friends if needed, and get a quote in writing before any money changes hands.

"We would also recommend not dealing with doorstep callers who offer to carry out work on your home or garden and not letting people into your home.

"We are making a number of inquiries in connection with this crime and would encourage anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious to contact police."

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