Callous con-men stole hundreds of pounds from 82-year-old lady in Willingdon Trees

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Police have released efits of two men who stole from an elderly woman in her Eastbourne home.

At about 9.20am on Tuesday (November 12) the 82-year old lady was returning to her flat in Holly Close when she was approached by the two men who said they were from Eastbourne Council and were checking the flats in her block.

They managed to walk into the flat with her and prowled around the property. A few minutes they left she discovered that several hundred pounds had been taken from her handbag.

Both suspects are described as white, in their mid-twenties, about 5’10”, and of slim build,

Detective Constable Damon Deans-Cane, of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team, said, “This was a despicable and heartless theft from a vulnerable elderly lady who has been deeply upset by the experience.

“We hope that these efits, which the victim says are very good likenesses, will jog the memories of local people and help us to find this pair before they strike again.

“If you were in the area and saw these men or if you have any other information about them, please contact us via 101 or email contact.centre@sussex.pnn.police.ukquoting serial 310 of 12/11. You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“We always advise residents not to keep large sums of cash at home, and also wherever possible, do not let strangers or cold callers into your property. If in doubt keep them out and call us on 101 or 999 if they are still present.”