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Neighbours in their 90s burgled at Manor Road, Deal, after visit by bogus caller

By Sam Lennon

Burglars have stolen from two neighbours in their 90s.

This happened after a bogus caller turned up between midday and 5.40pm on Monday.

During the afternoon a woman in her 90s answered the front door to a man who offered to carry out work on the gutters in Manor Road, Deal.

Police are appealing for witnesses.
Police are appealing for witnesses.

The work was agreed and carried out that afternoon and a second man was seen to help.

Later, the man returned to ask for payment and waited in the kitchen.

The victim paid part of the bill and it was arranged for the man to return at a later date for the rest of the money and he left.

A short while later, the victim realised her empty money box had been stolen and her neighbour, a man in his 90s, reported his property had also been burgled that afternoon.

Items, including cash, watches and wedding rings were reported stolen from his house.

At this stage police believe the two burglaries are linked and need to speak to anyone with information about the burglaries.

In particular, they are appealing for any witnesses who might have seen a white Ford Transit van in the area that afternoon.

It was described as having a roof rack on top.

Investigating officer Det Sgt Richard Cordery said: "We ask residents to remain vigilant against burglars, ensure your doors and windows are secure even if you are leaving them unattended for a short while, and be wary of who you let into your home."

Anyone with information about the burglaries, or if they saw the van, is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting ZY/29266/17.

Alternatively, contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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