Wealden Police warn about distraction burglary

Wealden Police are warning the public to be vigilant after an elderly woman became the victim of a distraction burglary in Hailsham.

On Monday, 20 April, the 86-year-old victim – who is vulnerable and lives alone – was approached by a man who came to the house and claimed he had completed gardening works there.

The victim gave the suspect cash for the works – which had not been done – and after he left she noticed her house keys and car keys were missing.

The suspect is described as a tall white man, who appeared to be in his late 20s, was of a slim build with short brown hair.

Officers are urging the local community to be vigilant to prevent any further incidents occurring.

Anyone with information is asked to report online or call 101, quoting serial 1395 of 20/04 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.