Bogus Callers Targeting Elderly Residents In Kirklees

Elderly residents have been targeted by suspects posing as council workers.

The incidents have all taken place on Wednesday January 24th across the District, between 12pm and 2.30pm in Golcar and Salendine Nook in Huddersfield and at an address in Mirfield.

In all the incidents, the suspects have said they are attending from the council in response to water problems in the area.

The first incidents reported have occurred at an address on Rufford Road in Golcar around 12pm (noon), where two suspects have entered the property, and are believed to have used a white box type van.

The second incident is reported a short time later after three suspects entered a property on Tintern Avenue, also in Golcar.

Suspect one is described as white male, approximately 5ft 10 inches tall of medium build with a round face and dark eyes. He was clean shaven and wearing a dark blue cap with a peak and a dark top and bottoms.

Suspect two is described as wearing the same clothes as the first male. A white male, slightly taller and skinnier than the first male.

Suspect Three is described as wearing the same clothes as the other two, a dark cap and dark trousers.

The third incident reported took place on Wilson Avenue in Mirfield around 1.35pm, where two suspected have entered the address.

Suspect one is described as being a white male, aged around 30 to 40 years, around 5ft 8 inches tall of broad build, a fat face with a blue hat and no facial hair. He was wearing blue trousers and a blue top. He spoke with a Yorkshire accent.

Suspect two is described as white male in his 40’s, around 5ft 10, slim. He had a grey hoody over his head. He had grey bottoms and spoke with an Irish accent.

The fourth incident occurred at an address on New Hey Road in the Salendine Nook area of Huddersfield around 2.30pm, where again, two suspects have entered the address.

Suspect One is described as a white male, around 5’10” tall, skinny build, dark hair and beard and wearing blue jeans and black anorak zipped up and had a Yorkshire accent.

Suspect Two is described as a white male around 5ft 5” tall, of skinny build and wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded top. He had a ginger/blonde beard and black gloves and is described as having a foreign accent.

Detective Constable Joanne Jabczynski of Kirklees District CID said;

"Thankfully no one was injured during the incidents but it has clearly been very distressing for all the victims involved. It would appear the suspects have targeted older people who live alone and may appear to be more vulnerable. I would appeal to anyone who may have any knowledge of these incidents or may have been in or around the areas highlighted on Wednesday (January 24) or may know or have seen anyone matching the suspect’s descriptions, or acting suspiciously to come forward and speak to the police.

“If you have any concerns about the person(s) attending your address, or the address of a friend or family member at any time contact the police. Any legitimate caller will be understanding of your checks and concerns.

Our enquiries in to these incidents are very much ongoing.”

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