June 22, 2020 5.17 pm This story is over 18 months old

Two arrested after vulnerable woman burgled by fake policeman

One in custody, one released

Two men have been arrested after a vulnerable woman was injured during an alleged burglary in the Ermine area of Lincoln.

The men, aged 44 and 41, were arrested in connection with an incident, where a 56-year-old woman was knocked to the ground after opening her door to a man claiming to be a police officer.

The incident happened on Laughton Crescent in Lincoln just before 10.30pm on Saturday, June 20.

A 44-year-old man has been released under investigation. The 41-year-old remains in custody and will be questioned in due course.

When the victim, who has a medical condition and mobility issues, opened her front door a man dressed in all black clothing and wearing gloves told her he was a police officer investigating recent burglaries in the area.

When the woman asked for identification, the man pushed his way into the house, breaking the door chain and knocking her to the ground in doing so.

The victim was not seriously hurt, but was left distressed and shaken, and a handbag containing a small purse was also taken.

Detective Inspector Jenny Waddington said: “This was an awful incident. The victim has had the comfort of the safety of her own home invaded. She did everything she should have done in asking for identification but this offender was determined.”

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information should contact police on 101 or via email at [email protected] quoting incident 479 of June 20.

Alternatively, it can also be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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