Northern Ireland

Dundonald pensioner robbed by bogus caller

A 79-year-old man has been robbed in his home in Dundonald by a man pretending to be from the water board.

The man called at his home in Craignish Crescent at 2100 BST on Friday and told him he needed to check the plumbing as a neighbour in the area had a leak.

The pensioner allowed him inside and the man checked under the kitchen sink before entering the living room. He then left the house.

The owner then discovered a sum of money had been taken.

The pensioner has been left very distressed by the ordeal.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

NI Water are warning that bogus callers are taking advantage of the recent water supply situation, calling at customer's doors and claiming they need access to check the water supply or to check for a leak on the property.

The company said all NI Water staff carry ID cards which have their name, photo, serial number and logo.

It is urging members of the public not to let people into their homes until they have checked their ID first.

NI Water said anyone with concerns can call their customer helpline on 08457 440 088 where staff will be able to confirm whether the person is genuine and if, in fact, they should be at your property.