Police warn residents after burglar targets elderly in Cramlington

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Police in Cramlington are warning householders to be on their guard after three elderly residents fell victim to a sneak-in burglar.

The first incident happened at 9am yesterday, when a man walked into the kitchen of a home in the Cramlington area via an unlocked back door. The man spoke with the two elderly residents and asked for the phone number of a neighbour. Nothing was stolen and the man made off.

The second happened just an hour-and-a-half later when a man entered an elderly woman's house in Cramlington via the back door. He claimed he was looking for a neighbour’s cat before making off.

Police are carrying out inquiries into the incidents and warning householders to be on their guard, to watch out for elderly and vulnerable residents and to report any suspicious people or vehicles to police.

Detective Sergeant, Jill Hall, from Northern CID, said: "Inquiries into both incidents are under way with officers in the area speaking to residents and offering reassurance.

"We believe the residents were targeted because of their vulnerability and we appeal to anyone who may have information to help to contact police straight away."

A 44-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information about the incidents should contact Northumberland Police on 101, quoting reference 386 11/05/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.