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Police release 'most wanted' images

The faces of Britain's most wanted alleged doorstep criminals are being published in a bid to bring them to justice.

Police want to trace 10 men suspected of preying on elderly and vulnerable people in their homes.

Investigators said the number of so-called distraction burglaries, in which criminals pretend to be workmen or officials, often soars in February and March.

They brought together a list of suspects including offenders who claimed to be emergency plumbers, roofers and even friends of their neighbour.

Among those on the list is serial offender Patrick Connors, 30, who seriously injured a pedestrian he hit in a vehicle while escaping from police.

Connors, who has links in Coventry and Ireland and uses the alias William Ward, has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison in his absence.

Another wanted man, Joseph Lowther, 26, allegedly stole £3,000 cash from one elderly victim in Lancashire after claiming he needed the money for materials to repair a roof.

The rogue trader is wanted for a string of similar suspected offences across the north-west of England.

The most wanted list was brought together by the Operation Liberal specialist police unit that monitors distraction burglaries and distributed by charity Crimestoppers.

It echoes other successful publicity drives targeting violent criminals, suspects thought to have fled to Spain and missing paedophiles.

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