HAILSHAM: Vulnerable are warned after bogus callers target homes

POLICE are issuing a warning to vulnerable residents after homes in Hailsham were targeted by conmen posing as water board and gas officials.

An elderly couple in Bayham Road were told by two bogus callers that their water supply may have been contaminated due to a gas explosion.

The two men struck at about 7pm on Monday May 23, just a couple of hours after a woman in Peacehaven was visited by two men using the same excuse.

Detective Inspector Rob Morland from Wealden CID said, “Taking advantage of the elderly and vulnerable is deplorable.

“I would like to remind residents to take your time when a visitor calls by.

“Use the door chain and thoroughly read and verify their identification.

“They do not need to be let in while you ring and check who they are. Remember, a genuine caller will always be happy to wait.”

The first suspect from the Hailsham burglary is described as white, 5’8, slim, with sharp facial features and black short spiky hair brushed over to one side.

He was clean shaven with a London accent and wearing a long-sleeved black shirt with cuffs, a navy blue and coloured striped tie, black trousers and brown shoes.

The second suspect is described as white, 5’6, chubby, with shaved brown hair and clean shaven.

He had a London accent and was wearing a dark blue tracksuit.

Police are conducting house-to-house enquiries and forensic examinations.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 6070999.