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Police issue warning after rise in distraction thefts in last two months
Monday 6th November 2017 @ 12:21 by Lee Wild

Police are appealing for the publics help after a spate of distraction thefts across Oldham.

More than twelve incidents have been recorded in the past two months, with the culprit speaking in broken English and asking for directions with a map. It’s at this point that personal belongings and valuables have been stolen.

Detectives have been carrying out extensive enquiries to catch the man responsible, including reviewing CCTV footahe and patrolling busy areas.

Detective Constable Kate Dawson, from GMP’s Oldham borough, said: “I want to assure the community that we are doing everything we can to find the man responsible for these offences.

“In many of these incidents, elderly people are sadly the victim of these crimes which we understand is very distressing and we won’t tolerate the trusting nature of innocent people being abused in this way.

“I would urge the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.

“If you have any information that could help our investigation and catch the coward that is carrying out these disgraceful crimes then please get in touch with us.”

Anyone with any information about these incidents is urged to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.