OAP targeted by hugging conwoman

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An 82-year-old man narrowly avoided being burgled by a woman who talked her way inside his home on Tuesday.

The incident happened at 3.50pm at a property in Highbury Road after the OAP answered a knock at his front door.

A woman told the resident that she was from ‘home help’ and talked her way in, before having a drink and asking the victim for some personal details.

The 82-year-old became suspicious of the woman and asked her to leave. On leaving the property the woman tried to hug the victim and remove his wallet from his pocket but was stopped.

The woman is described as a white woman in her early 30s, 5’ to 5’2” tall. She spoke with an Irish accent and wore a pink top, grey trousers and carried a coat.

DC Helen Toms said: “Often people who commit this type of burglary visit other homes in the area and target elderly people within our communities. I would urge anyone who has received a similar visit to their home or anyone who saw two suspicious people in the area recently to come forward and assist with this investigation.”