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Distraction burglars steal purse in Newtownards

An elderly couple have been robbed at their home after a bogus caller claiming to be from the Environment Agency asked to see racing pigeons kept at the back of the property.

The man called to the home in the Circular Road area of Newtownards at around 12.30pm on Monday.

He said he was investigating complaints about pigeons in the area, but when the owner took the bogus caller through the house two other men arrived and entered the property.

One of the men went into the living room and took a black purse which contained £140. But as the woman went to challenge them, all three men made off with the purse.

Detectives in Newtownards are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

Belfast Telegraph