Sunday, 29 Nov 2020

Dying elderly woman ‘burgled in her Lancashire home by pair who pretended to call ambulance to help’

An elderly woman was burgled while she was dying in her bed by people who pretended they were calling an ambulance, police say.

Lancashire Police have released CCTV footage of a man and women they want to speak to over the alleged burglary, which happened on Friday 16 October.

At about 3am, a man left his house in the town of Brierfield to seek help on the street for his dying wife.

The man and woman reportedly entered the home on Walter Street and offered to call an ambulance while the victim, aged in his 80s, went back upstairs to sit with his wife.

A purse and a mobile phone belonging to the woman were later found to be missing and reported stolen.

Later that same day, the vulnerable man’s wife died.

PC Rob Bayley said: “To commit a crime like this on an elderly and vulnerable man in his hour of need is shameful and appalling and we are committed to finding those responsible.

“The male victim believed the offenders, who were passers-by, were helping him by ringing for an ambulance while he went back upstairs to sit by the bedside of his dying wife.

“But it has later transpired that they had in fact helped themselves to a purse, which was on a table in the front room, and a mobile phone from inside a handbag, which was down the side of a chair.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 0633 of 17 October

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