Police appeal after woman targets vulnerable people in Harlow

Halling Hill

ESSEX Police have released an efit image of a woman they would like to speak with in connection to a burglary and a number of fraudulent incidents in Harlow.

It is believed that a woman has been targeting vulnerable people in their homes, claiming to be a charity representative collecting donations.

On Monday, August 28, the woman approached a house in Halling Hill, around 11am under the guise of a charity representative and asked to use the victim’s toilet. The victim, a woman in her late-80s, accommodated the woman’s request but then heard her in an upstairs bedroom. The victim confronted the woman and asked her to leave. Items had been disturbed in the bedroom, but it didn’t appear that anything had been taken.

Later, around 1.30pm, officers received reports that a woman matching the same description, had approached a number of houses in Long Ley, saying she was deaf and was collecting money for a deaf children’s charity. The woman didn’t have any ID on her or charity information.

Anyone who recognises the woman or has any information is asked to contact Pc Simon Roissetter at Harlow CID on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For tips on how you can protect yourself, friends and family members visit www.essex.police.uk/advice.

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