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Bogus police target elderly in Bedford

Men claiming to be police officers have targeted the homes of elderly women in Bedfordshire, officers have warned.

An 89-year-old woman woke at night to find two men in her home. They said they were checking the area after a break-in. They fled, taking cash.

An 'officer' called at an 80-year-old's house, also at night and in Bedford, and attempted to get her to check her windows. She refused.

Police have only just released details of the November incidents.

The first happened on 16 November in Brookfield Road while the incident involving a bogus officer calling at a woman's door happened at Wood Lane on 23 November.

The second offender is described as in his 20s, of slim build and wearing a black jacket with white writing on it.

Police said a similar incident happened at the home of a 78-year-old woman in The Baulk in Clapham, near Bedford, on 18 November.

A man in his 30s, who had recently worked on the house, turned up on the pretext of taking some measurements.

The woman later discovered he had taken cash from her handbag and run off.

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