Hunt for man after burglary

Evofit of a man after burglary on Rossall Road in Cleveleys on Thursday 6th October at around noon
Evofit of a man after burglary on Rossall Road in Cleveleys on Thursday 6th October at around noon
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POLICE have released a Evofit of a man they want to question after a pensioner was cruelly burgled in her home.

The 79-year-old woman was left terrified after two men carried out a distraction burglary at her property on Rossall Road in Cleveleys.

A man posing as a worker knocked at the pensioner’s door and told her he was carrying out repairs at the back of her home and there had been a water leak.

He persuaded her to go around the back of her house so he could show her the damage.

But while he did, another man broke into the property.

The burglar searched the bedrooms before rummaging through the kitchen cupboards where he found a handbag.

When the pensioner returned inside her home, she realised her purse, which contained an undisclosed amount of cash, had been stolen and called the police.

Detectives have now put together a computer-generated Evofit image of the man they would like to speak to.

Det Con Andy Simpson, from Fleetwood CID, told The Gazette: “I would appeal to people to look at the Evofit to see if the recognise the man and contact the police if they do.

“He is described as stocky, clean shaven with short, dark, straight hair.

“He also had a North West accent.”

The incident happened at around noon on Thursday, October 6.

Since the attack, officers have made door-to-door inquiries in the area and looked through CCTV images.

Police said the woman was left extremely upset by the incident and are now warning other people to be vigilant.

Det Con Simpson added: “I’d urge everyone to be vigilant and not to allow anyone they don’t know into their home.

“People should always keep their doors locked even if they are inside the property and not give criminals the chance to take advantage.”

Coun Patsy Ormrod, a Cleveleys councillor, said: “This has happened before. There are vulnerable people out there. “They need to know if they answer the door to someone, they should check identification and never let someone in the house you don’t know.”

Anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.