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Distraction burglaries in Newbury

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Police are appealing for information after two incidents in Talbot Close and Battle Close on Tuesday

TWO distraction burglaries took place in Newbury on Tuesday (January 4).

The incidents happened in Talbot Close and Battle Close, between 4.30pm and 5pm.

In both incidents entry was gained through unlocked front doors.

In Battle Close an 85-year-old woman found another woman in her living room.

When she asked her what she was doing the woman replied that she needed to borrow a pen and some paper.

In Talbot Close, a 75-year-old woman found a woman in her house and when she confronted her she said that it was a ‘welfare check'.

In both incidents a man was also with the woman.

In Talbot Close he was seen coming out of the victim's bedroom and in Battle Close he was standing in the hallway.

Alice Ashman, who is investigating the incidents, said: “Fortunately nothing was stolen in either incident, but they were still distressing ordeals for the victims.

“On both occasions front doors were left unlocked because the victims were expecting visitors. “I would urge our elderly residents and their relatives to look at their home security and make sure they are not vulnerable to this type of crime.”

The woman is described as white, about 35 years old, about 5ft 4ins with a skinny build and dark hair.

The man is described as white, pale, 6ft, with short dark hair that has grey flecks and is around 45 years old. He is described as being smartly dressed.

Anyone with any information about these incidents should contact case investigator Alice Ashman on the police non-emergency number 0845 8 505 505 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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