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Elderly victim burgled after paying for gardening work near Sandwich

Residents are being reminded to be wary of accepting unsolicited gardening work after an elderly woman was burgled near Sandwich.
It was reported that a man entered a home in the Chiltern Field area of Ash between 3pm and 4pm on 28 March 2019 and convinced the victim, a woman in her 90s, to pay him for gardening work.
She gave him a quantity of cash, and shortly after, cigarettes were stolen from the property.
The man left the property without carrying out the gardening work. 
The suspect was described as a tall white man with a heavy build and grey hair.
Officers investigating the distraction burglary are appealing for anyone with information about it to call Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting 46/64561/19.
Alternatively, you can call the independent charity, Crimestoppers in Kent, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Courtney Woodward said: ‘If people were in the area at the time of the incident, we would like to hear if they saw anything which might be useful towards our investigation.
‘As the weather gets warmer and people are more likely to be out in their gardens, we also want residents to be mindful of security to their property.
‘Don’t leave your doors and windows open or even unlocked unless you are nearby.
‘Be alert to rogue traders who will offer services or goods, usually overcharging for work, or as in this case, receiving payment without carrying out the work.
‘If you are approached for work, you do not have to accept immediately, ask for their quote in writing and take some time to ask for traders for their quotes too.
‘If in doubt about a cold caller, ask them to leave and come back at a more convenient time when a family member of friend can be with you.’

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