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Man tried to trick his way into the home of a women in Military Road, Canterbury

By Gerry Warren

A bogus caller who tried to trick his way into the home of a woman is being hunted by police.

The man rang the doorbell at her flat in Military Road, Canterbury, and asked if he could come inside to check her water pressure.

But she was suspicious, refused him entry and when she asked for identification, he ran away off, accompanied by two other men.

A computer-generated image of the bogus caller
A computer-generated image of the bogus caller

It happened just after 6pm on Monday, February 12 and now police have issued a computer-generated image of the suspect.

He is described as being white with a very fair complexion and red cheeks. He was wearing a green high visibility jacket. The woman was unable to get a good look at the other two men.

Investigating officer Det Con Mark Huttley said: "The victim quite rightly asked for ID and this was obviously a problem for the man. Thankfully, she did not let him into her property and as a result nothing was stolen.

"We are always urging people not to let strangers inside a house without checking credentials first. People should also make sure rear doors and windows are shut when they answer the front door too.

"Where possible consider extra security, like fitting spy holes and door chains. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to turn people away like this woman did."

Anyone with information regarding this attempted burglary or who has had a similar experience in the area is asked to contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference ZY/7581/18. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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