Elderly targeted in series of distraction burglaries

Dorset Police are investigating a series of distraction burglaries targeting the elderly in Bournemouth and East Dorset. Detectives have received reports of five similar offences across the Easter weekend – all involving a man stealing, or attempting to steal, money after deceiving his victims.

Det Sgt Andy Bell said: 'In each case, the offender has gained access to the victim's property by pretending to inspect fences on behalf of the council or repair damage to the premises. Taking advantage of the victim's trust, the trickster has then stolen money from handbags and purses.'

Four distraction burglaries were reported yesterday, Good Friday, in Bramley Road and Long Road in Kinson, the Bascott Road area of Wallisdown, and Dales Drive in Wimborne. A further attempted distraction burglary was reported at 9.13am this morning, at Worley Way in Ferndown.