Derby

Appeal after Chesterfield distraction burglary death

Biscuit tin
Image caption Officers are looking for a biscuit tin that contained cash

The family of an elderly man who died following a distraction burglary at his home in Chesterfield have said they are devastated by what happened.

A man was invited into the home in Carsington Close at about 18:30 GMT on 15 November after claiming he was dealing with blocked drains.

Selwyn Shelbourne, 80, later discovered a biscuit tin containing cash had been stolen from a bedroom.

Mr Shelbourne was taken ill and died in hospital the following morning.

A post-mortem carried out last week proved inconclusive.

Biscuit tin

The burglar was described as tall and thin, with a round face, wearing a dark anorak and dark trousers.

Det Insp Andy Jones said: "This is an all too familiar example of criminals targeting vulnerable people within our community.

"This type of offence causes fear and upset especially when the end result is the death of a much loved husband and father."

Officers are also looking for the biscuit tin that was stolen during the burglary and could have been discarded nearby.

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