A warning has been issued after bogus workmen cut an 82-year-old woman’s phone line before stealing her handbag.
Officers are urging residents to be vigilant after the “despicable” incident on Saturday, March 5 on Maden Street in Church.
It is thought the pair cut the property’s phone line and claimed to be workmen there to fix it to gain access to the pensioner’s home.
They also said they had ID but had left it in their work van.
The woman let them in but became suspicious and asked them to leave. She later noticed that her handbag with purse and bank card inside and also a wedding photograph of sentimental value had been taken.
PC Stuart Smith said: “This is a truly despicable crime considering the men went to the point of cutting the woman’s phone line to back up their claims.
“She is extremely shaken by the incident and thankfully her phone line has now been repaired.
“If you saw these men in the area at the time or have any information that could assist us with our enquiries, please get in touch.”
The men are described as white and were wearing hi-visibility jackets. One had a scarf over his mouth and the other man was slightly older in age.
Anyone with information can call 101 quoting incident 591 of March 5 or alternatively Crimestoppers are available on 0800 555 1111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org