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Police warn after bogus “toilet” scam

Communities / Thu 14th Nov 2013 at 01:46pm

POLICE in Harlow have issued a warning following a number of incidents in The Dashes area of Harlow where a woman and child have duped residents to allow them to use a toilet and then items have been stolen from their home. Two people have been arrested.

Dc Laura Cuthbert said: “We received a number of calls on November 11 from residents who said that a woman and teenage boy knocked on their door, asking to use a toilet. In some cases the resident allowed them to enter, and sadly that trust was then abused by the people stealing from them. House to house enquires in the area showed that they had knocked on several other addresses in the area but were all refused entry and left.”

A 34 year old woman and 15 year old boy were arrested, questioned about three burglaries and an attempted burglary and released on police bail until February 6 while enquiries continue.

Anyone who wants to report suspicious activity can phone the Harlow Neighbourhood Team Mobile 07710016031, available 8am – 11pm everyday, for non-urgent calls.

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