Warning after handbag stolen

Police are warning people in Watton to lock their doors after an elderly woman's handbag was stolen in a distraction burglary. The woman in her 90s answered the door to her home in Priory Road at about 7pm on Monday to find nobody there.

Police are warning people in Watton to lock their doors after an elderly woman's handbag was stolen in a distraction burglary.

The woman in her 90s answered the door to her home in Priory Road at about 7pm on Monday to find nobody there.

When she turned around she saw two men in her property making off through the back door with her handbag containing a purse with cards and £50 cash.

Both men were white, aged between 20 and 30 with slim builds, short brown hair and dressed smartly in a shirt and tie.

The handbag was discarded in the woman's garden and the stolen purse was later recovered down a nearby alleyway which leads to Vicarage Walk.

Police spokesman Beth Manning said: “The thieves picked on a vulnerable lady and distracted her while they gained entry to her house elsewhere.

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“It is a reminder for all householders to keep doors and windows locked to prevent opportunist thieves operating.

“We would also encourage the families, friends and neighbours of elderly people to keep an eye out for them and to be on hand should they be receive unsolicited visitors.”

* Any witnesses to this offence or similar incidents in Watton during the relevant times is asked to contact Det Con Sally Wright at Dereham CID on 0845 4564567.

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