Police are investigating after a 92 year woman’s home on Grasmere Road in Royton was ransacked by two men who knocked on her door telling her that her neighbour had died of Coronavirus

Two offenders, both men dressed in all black, offered to clean her house for her and presented themselves as a friendly, helping hand.

However, whilst the woman was fetching the men some cleaning products, the two offenders stole a number of items from the victim’s house. These belongings included a purse, money and jewellery.

One offender is described as having an olive-skin complexion. The other is described as wearing a bobble hat.

The elderly woman wasn’t physically injured, but has been left understandably distraught by the incident.

Chief Inspector Trevor Harrison, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “This is an absolutely appalling crime, which has taken advantage of a vulnerable and elderly woman at a time where we, as a society, should be looking out for her. This is the lowest of the low.

“I would make a direct appeal to anyone who was in the local area around the time of the incident to please get in touch with us at the earliest opportunity. Sometimes, even the smallest detail can progress our investigation and help us bring those responsible to justice.

“Officers will continue to support the 92-year-old woman at this upsetting time and I want to stress that we are treating this as an absolute priority. I know the public will support us in this.”


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