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Bogus workmen clue as mother and son robbed

Ambleside Avenue in Knott End, where police believe bogus workmen had been operating.

Ambleside Avenue in Knott End, where police believe bogus workmen had been operating.

 

Detectives investigating the robbery of a elderly pensioner and her son in their Knott End home are renewing their appeal for witnesses.

Officers said the 89-year-old woman and her 69-year-old son are being supported by specially trained officers after being left “physically shaken” by two men forcing their way into their home on Ambleside Avenue.

Officers said the thieves barged past the son as he opened the door and made their way into a bedroom helping themselves to a substantial amount of cash.

Police are investigating claims the area was targeted by bogus workmen in the days leading up to the robbery and are now appealing for anyone who was approached by odd job men to contact them.

Det Con Jennie Pinder, of Wyre CID, said: “Two men have forced their way past the son before making a search and stealing a substantial amount of money.

“The mother and son were left physically shaken by their ordeal.

“I would like to speak to anyone in the Knott End area who was approached by workmen on or before January 10.

“We are investigating reports the area was visited by workmen in the days leading up to the robbery on January 10 at 10.45am.

“I urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious, were asked if they had any work going or knows of somebody who was, to call us.

“I would also like to reassure people that an investigation is under way and police patrols have been stepped up in the area.”

Both men are described as white and were wearing dark clothing, possibly with hoods.

If anyone has any information which may help the investigation they are urged to call Lancashire Police on 101.

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