Police warn elderly over distraction burglaries in Farnley


Police have issued a warning to elderly and vulnerable people in West Leeds following a rise in distraction burglaries – including some in Farnley and New Farnley.

Chief Inspector Dan Wood, of Leeds District Police, said there has been a surge in offenders targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people by distracting the victim – usually by pretending to be water maintenance workers and then stealing items from the house.

Leeds has seen offences in Middleton, Farnley, New Farnley and Meanwood – and nearby Wakefield policing district has also seen offences in Castleford, Pontefract, Liversedge and Wakefield.

Ch Insp Wood said:

“Please be vigilant and look out for your relatives or neighbours who may be vulnerable. If you have any information about the offences or offenders, please report it on 101 (or 999 if a crime is ‘in progress’) or online. We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and doing our best to bring these offenders to justice.”


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