On Friday 18th January at between 11.30am and 12.00noon, two suspicious males visited a house on Ambergate Drive in Birstall. Both were white aged 20-30years wearing jeans and tops. One had brown hair and the other black curly hair. They called on an elderly couple claiming to be tree surgeons and wanted to quote for cutting trees down in the back garden. They were let into the garden via a side gate and then commenced the ‘hard sell’ that it must be done today etc. When the couple’s son appeared and requested some details they made a hasty exit. The men were travelling in a large plain grey coloured van.
It is suspected that these men were targeting elderly residents and that there is a potential risk of distraction burglaries. The area was searched but no trace of the men was found. If you saw ( or see ) these men in the area and have any suspicions, please report it by dialling 101 the police non-emergency number.
Incident No 241/17/01/2014
(Information from local beat officers)