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PSNI appealing for witnesses to 'distraction burglary'

A man with a “Southern Irish accent” called to the house of an elderly woman in Belfast last Monday and attempted to gain entry.

Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

THE PSNI ARE appealing for witnesses following what they’ve described as an attempted ‘distraction burglary’ earlier this week.

The incident was reported in the Duncairn Gardens of Belfast at around 12.30pm last Monday, when a man called to the door of an elderly woman and claimed that he worked for the local council.

Saying that he required access to her house, he produced what he said was his ID. Still suspicious, the woman refused him entry.

The man is described as being around 18 years of age, 5’5″ tall and with short fair hair.

He is of slight build and spoke with what was described as “a Southern Irish accent.”

He was wearing a navy coloured jacket with a red and grey coloured shirt underneath.

The PSNI are asking that anyone who may have noticed a man matching this description to contact them at CID in Antrim Road on 0845 600 8000.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111

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