POLICE have urged people to be vigilant and look out for elderly family members and neighbours after pensioners were targeted in a distraction burglary in Brierley Hill this week.

Two fraudsters pretending to be from the water board said they were tending to a leak in the street and upon being allowed access into the victim’s property in Wallows Road they stole cash and other items.

The incident happened was reported to have happened at around 9am on Wednesday August 3.

In a neighbourhood alert about the incident, the Lye and Amblecote neighbourhood policing team utged people to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours and to remind them of the dangers of bogus callers.

A police spokesperson said: "It’s worth remembering the water board does not exist anymore. If anyone receives a knock on the door from people claiming to be from the police, council, a utility company or any other organisation always ask to see identification.

"Distraction burglary is a terrible crime. We understand the trauma it causes."

Anyone who sees anything suspicious or anyone who has been visited by doorstep callers who do not appear to be genuine should contact police on 101 or via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk/contact-us/live-chat. In an emergency call 999.