London: TEN MOST WANTED CRIMINALS THAT PREY ON ELDERLY & VULNERABLE HUNTED BY POLICE

25 Jan

The faces of Britain’s most wanted alleged doorstep criminals have been published in a bid to bring them to justice.

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  • Police hunt ‘distraction’ burglars Enlarge photo

    Police want to trace ten 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.

    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.

    Dave Cording, of Crimestoppers, said: “Distraction burglars target the most vulnerable members of our communities, often the elderly.

    “It is not simply the financial loss but the effect this type of crime has on the victim, chipping away at their independence and their peace of mind.

    “Cash is stolen by using a variety of different distraction tactics. The individuals highlighted prey on older people who may be at risk and need to be brought to justice.”

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    Download and print crime prevention information sheets + links to other helpful websites at: www.garda.ie

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