Pensioner praised after attempted burglary on her Guildford home

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By mattcollison | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 14:48

A PLUCKY pensioner has been praised by police after she frightened off intruders at her Guildford home by yelling at them.

The 89-year-old's York Road home was targeted on Tuesday, November 13 by burglars claiming to be from a water company.

She answered a knock at the door at 1.20pm to find a man who said he needed to gain access to turn the supply off.

The pensioner allowed him into her home but moments later another man and a youth appeared in her home uninvited. When she screamed at the intruders to get out they left the property empty handed.

Detective Constable Andy Greaves, investigating, praised the resident for her steely actions and said: "This plucky pensioner is to be commended for her speedy reaction in shouting at these intruders – an action which clearly had the desired effect as the suspects scarpered.

"However, I would advise residents not to let an unexpected visitor into their home under any circumstances. Always stop to think whether you are expecting any callers, use the chain if you do decide to answer the door and check for identification before letting anyone in. Don't be taken in by these con artists, however convincing their story may sound."

The suspects are all described as white. The two men were aged around 40 to 50 years-old with tidy brown hair. The first suspect is described as 5ft 8ins tall, well built and was wearing a short navy coat. The second suspect is described as being 6ft tall and of a slim build. The youth is described as aged between 14 and 15-years-old, 5ft 5ins tall with black tidy hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference GD/12/10209. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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