OAP knocked over by ‘water’ conman

A 96-year-old Luton woman was knocked to the floor by a distraction burglar, as OAPs continue to be targeted across the county.

Since April conmen have struck 18 times– with 15 of the burglaries occuring in Luton, Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Barton Le Clay and Harlington.

The 96-year-old victim was burgled at approximately 3pm on Monday at her home in Icknield Way, Luton.

A man knocked on the resident’s door and told her he was testing the water.

He instructed the nonagenarian to run a tap and on entry the man knocked the pensioner to the ground before searching the home.

The man is described as white, in his 20s, with short fair hair and a fringe.

He spoke with a Luton accent and wore a light-coloured anorak.

Det Insp Zara Brown said: “This type of criminal often works with others to dupe their way in to a victim’s home or distract them while others commit the burglary.

“Every care should be taken to keep them out.”

If you have information on the incident call Beds Police on 101.