Police warning after Eastbourne pensioner confronts man in her home claiming to be a plumber

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a bogus plumber got himself into a pensioner’s home in Eastbourne

The man got into the 73-year-old’s home in Neville Road at 10.30am last Thursday morning while the female owner was upstairs. She had left the windows in her downstairs bathroom and living room open.

When challenged, the man told her he had let himself in because he needed to make urgent checks to try to prevent an explosion.

He claimed he was a plumber working at the next door address, had a key to her property and needed to check the radiators to ensure water did not get into the electrics.

The bogus plumber sent the pensioner to flush her toilet and turn on her taps but she then saw him coming out of her bedroom.

The man left and the woman found several drawers in her bedroom were open and items of jewellery were on the floor.

It is not believed that any items were stolen.

The man was white, clean shaven, in his late 30s and about 5ft 5in tall. He was wearing a dark baseball cap, gloves, a zipped-up dark waist-length jacket, jeans and trainers.

A police spokesman said: “Whilst burglary rates in the town are low, every summer we see an increase because of insecure doors and windows.

“If you leave a room unattended, especially on the ground floor, please close the windows and doors. Always check the identity of a caller by calling the company they purport to be working for.

“Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider. Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus.

“If somebody asks for your help refer them to a younger neighbour or assist them through a closed door or call a friend or neighbour to come and help.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting serial 0962 of 11 July.