Bogus caller targets elderly woman

Police in Derry have issued a warning after a bogus caller targetted the home of an elderly woman in Francis Street this afternoon.

Shortly after 2.30pm a man called at a house in Francis Street and when an older lady answered the door the man pushed past her and said he was there to collect furniture. Fortunately the lady’s son was in the house at the time and confronted the unknown male and insisted he leave. After a short time the man eventually left the house and drove off in a white transit-like van. The elderly couple who live in the house were not injured but badly shaken by the incident.

The man is described as well dressed, aged in his late thirties or early forties, around 6’ 4” tall, with red hair. He was wearing a navy cardigan, blue shirt and tie and dark trousers. He spoke with a distinct southern accent.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the man in the area to contact Police at Strand Road station on 0845 600 8000.