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Spate of attempted distraction Belfast burglaries with men claiming to be from Belfast City Council

By Claire Williamson

Published 26/06/2015

Police are advising the public to be vigilant following a number of attempted distraction burglaries in north and east Belfast with men claiming to be from Belfast City Council.

At approximately 3.30pm on Wednesday June 24 a man claiming to be from the council asking if he could check the water for chemicals called at a house in the Crumlin Road area.

The man gained entry but when a neighbour came round he made his excuses and left.

He was described as around 5ft 8inches, slim with a southern accent with dark hair and wearing a navy jumper and dark trousers.

The following day at approximately 1.45pm, a man also claiming to be from Belfast City Council called to an address in Willowholme Street also asking if he could check the water for chemicals.

The man gained entry but was asked to leave when another two males appeared in the hall of the house. They made off towards the Ravenhill Parade area.

The first male was described as being white, around 6 foot with dark hair, an English accent and his I.D. card was from Belfast City Council but had no picture.

The other males have been described as white, in their thirties, wearing dark clothing and one was bald and the other was wearing a flat cap.

Detective Inspector Michelle Griffin said: “I would remind the public If you are not 100% satisfied the caller at your door is who they say they are, do not let them in and ring Quickcheck  - 0800 013 22 90 who within minutes can check if the person at your door is who they say they are.

“We understand it can feel awkward and uncomfortable to keep people standing on the doorstep but this is no reason to allow strangers, and possibly criminals, into your home.

“Do not feel pressured, if you have any doubt - keep them out.  Neighbours can also play a part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community. Residents should try to look out for one another and report ALL suspicious activity to the police immediately.

“If anyone observed these males or if you have any concerns about suspicious people or vehicles in your area you should contact police on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always ring 999.”

Meanwhile a man has been left shaken after a distraction burglary at his home in Warrenpoint.

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