Police issue bogus caller alert for elderly

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Police are warning residents in the north of Edinburgh to be on their guard against bogus callers in the area.

It follows an incident that happened at around 1.30pm on Monday at a property in Great Michael Rise in Newhaven, where two men gained access by claiming to be there to work on the water supply. The elderly resident, who is in his 90s, grew suspicious when they failed to show any identification, and they left without taking anything.

Both suspects are described as being white, aged between 30 and 40, with average builds and local accents.

DS Ben Leathes said: “We are appealing to anyone who was in the Newhaven area early on Monday afternoon, who noticed the suspects, to contact police.

“Likewise we would like to hear from any local residents who may have received a similar call at their own home.”