UPDATE: Renewed appeal after woman, 91, was conned out of �6000 in Swaffham

Detectives have renewed their appeal for people to be vigilant after a 91-year-old woman was conned out of �6000 in her home.

Police were called to Pleasant Row in Swaffham at about 12.20pm on Thursday after a man visited the bungalow unexpectedly.

The caller said he was there to carry out work on the chimney and needed �150 as an upfront payment, and claimed he had pre-arranged it with the victim's family.

He went inside and confused the victim before stealing �6000 in �20 notes.

Officers from Norfolk Constabulary's Operation Radar team, which specialises in doorstep crime, launched the investigation and are warning householders to be vigilant and not to let in cold callers.


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Investigating officer Det Con Colin Aris said: 'About half the cash was made up of old �20 notes which cannot be used in shops. They can however be exchanged in banks and we would urge banks and businesses to be vigilant.'

A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and released on bail while further inquiries are carried out.

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Anyone with information should contact the Operation Radar team on 0845 456 4567 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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