Cumbria distraction burglary warning given

Detectives believe a series of distraction burglaries targeting elderly people in their homes around Cumbria may be linked.

Cumbria Police said there was a series of similar incidents on Friday.

The first was at 13:30 BST in Carlisle and was followed by another in Plumpton village and two in Penrith.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them and warned people to be vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles in their areas.

In the first incident, police said an elderly woman was visited at her Carlisle house by a man who said he was looking for a friend.

A second person is thought to have gone into the house and stolen her handbag.

In the Plumpton incident, an elderly man was visited by a two men who claimed to be from the water board. A quantity of cash was stolen from him.

In the two Penrith incidents, the occupants were elderly and cash was stolen.

Police said they were looking for the occupants of a silver Volkswagen Golf, believed to be driven by a woman with two male passengers, in connection with their inquiries.

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