Attempted distraction burglary near Chichester

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man entered a house in Westergate around midday on Friday (November 23).

At 12.15pm, the man called at a house in Westergate Street, which belonged to a woman in her 90s.

He told her he needed to check her radiators and waved a clipboard at her before walking into the house.

He looked at the radiator in the lounge and then went upstairs. The victim told him her daughter would be round any minute and he left immediately.

Some of the drawers and the jewellery box in her bedroom had been opened but nothing had been taken.

The suspect is described as white, aged between 23 and 25, slight build, no facial hair, medium-length mousey-brown hair, 5’ 8” tall and he spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a dark-coloured jacket which was undone and a grey pullover underneath with a dark, possibly crisscross pattern.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Always use a chain on your door if you are answering to someone you don’t know and don’t be afraid to ask to see some ID which you can look at properly.

“If you are in doubt, don’t let them in and phone the company they claim to be from using a phone number from a telephone directory. If you are suspicious then call police on 101.”

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police on 101 quoting serial 0669 of 23/11 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.