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East Belfast pensioner foils distraction burglar

By Steven Alexander

A bogus caller claiming to be from the 'Water Board' told a householder in her 90s that a bomb had gone off and her supply would be disrupted.

But the plucky pensioner wasn't fooled and called a neighbour for help, police said.

The incident happened in My Lady's Road in east Belfast just before 10.30am yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid warned people to be on the look-out for distraction burglars, who have targeted east Belfast frequently over the past year.

"This member of the public did the right thing and asked for help," the officer said.

"I would appeal to everyone, especially older and more vulnerable members of the community, to think twice before letting a stranger into your home and there are easy steps to take to keep your home safe.

"Think before you open the door - use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.

"Ask callers for proof of identity.

"Genuine tradesmen should carry a photographic identification card. Check this carefully."

  • If you are unsure about a caller to your home, telephone QuickCheck on 0800 013 22 90, where trained staff can let you know if this person is legitimate

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