Surrey

Bogus police rob Shepperton woman aged 99

A 99-year-old woman was robbed of £300 cash after two men entered her home in Surrey claiming to be police officers.

The men rang the doorbell at her home in Shepperton and asked about two men allegedly seen in the area.

They showed her a black wallet with an oval chrome badge before searching the house and making off with the cash.

The theft, at 19:40 BST on Thursday, followed an earlier incident at a house in Staines in which a 78-year-old woman was robbed of £10 by two men.

'Truly despicable'

The men took the cash from the woman's purse after they gained entry claiming to be police officers.

Another similar incident happened in Leatherhead when a 78-year-old woman let two men into her home after they showed her fake police ID badges, but no money was stolen.

"These are truly despicable human beings who specifically target the most vulnerable members of our communities," said Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz.

"I would urge the community be vigilant and report any suspicious or concerning behaviour to the police or Crimestoppers."

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said the latest distraction burglaries were not being linked formally at this stage to a spate of more than 30 others in the county in recent months.

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