Police are linking two distraction burglaries in West Sussex where elderly residents have been targeted by two men.

They knocked on the doors of two houses between 2pm and 3pm on Monday (February, 5), and claimed to be from the water board.

They then asked to come into the homes, one in St John’s Close in Aldingbourne, and the other in Herington Road in Arundel, and run the taps.

While doing so, one of the men had stolen money from a handbag.

Detective Constable Ellie Hughes said:

“One of the men has briefly shown an ID card, but there was no obvious photo or branding.

“These men have targeted elderly people, and we are asking you speak to older relatives, friends or neighbours to warn them about letting people into their homes.

“We are advising people check the identity of callers by calling the company they claim to be from.

“Do not use numbers they provide, use numbers from your service providers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police online here, quoting reference number 931 of 05/02.