‘Despicable’ thieves target 89-year-old

AN 89-YEAR-OLD Clevedon woman was targeted by two men who raided her home and stole her life savings.

At 8.15pm last night (Wed), a man knocked on the woman’s window and front door, claiming he had just moved into a house in Conygar Close.

He asked to look at her electricity switches as his were not working.

The victim opened the door to let him in but as she did another man came in behind him.

The first man held the elderly woman back while his accomplice searched the property before making off with his life savings.

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Detective Inspector Julie Mackay said: “This was a despicable crime committed against a vulnerable, elderly lady while she was home alone.

“These offenders targeted her because of her vulnerability to steal her life savings.

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“It is possible that these men attempted to enter another address in Clevedon but they failed.

“I would urge anyone who may have been approached by these men to come forward and I would urge all residents to remain vigilant and report the matter to us immediately.

“Crimes like these will not be tolerated in North Somerset. We will work tirelessly to bring these offenders to justice.”

Police now want to speak to two men in connection with the incident.

One is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall, in his early 20s and of slim build. The second is white, slightly taller and in his 30s. Both spoke with accents.

Anyone who may know the men or who many have seen anyone acting suspiciously in and around the Conygar Close area should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Following this incident, officers have been keen to remind people to not let anyone in their home unless they are sure of their identity. Homeowners are encouraged to use door chains and to check ID from unexpected visitors.

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