Elderly woman burgled by fake Pc in Gorton

Police are hunting a man who posed as a police officer in order to steal from a pensioner in her Manchester home.

The man knocked on the door of a house in Kempley Close, Gorton, at about 0115 BST. He shouted that he was a police officer and needed to get inside.

The woman answered and asked to see some ID. He barged past her, searched the house and fled with her purse.

Greater Manchester Police said the woman was not hurt but was left distressed by the incident.

The man was white, in his late 30s, about 5ft 4in (1.6m) tall and of medium build.

'Extremely rare'

He had brown shaved hair and a pale face with stubble. He was wearing a black coat, black trousers and black leather boots.

Det Insp Paul Parker, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This woman has been left distressed after being woken up in the middle of the night by a man pretending to be a police officer.

"It is extremely rare for anyone to be targeted in such a dramatic way and we are determined to catch the man responsible."

He appealed to anyone with any information to contact the force.

Mr Parker also urged people not to answer the door to unknown people at night.

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