Two elderly people in Leyland have been targeted by a suspected burglar posing as a police officer.

Police said both distraction burglaries happened in Leyland on Friday, March 1.

The first incident happened at an address on Broad Street at around 7,30pm and the second at an address on Moss Lane around 30 minutes later.

On both occasions, a man knocked on the door and claimed to the elderly resident that he was calling on behalf of the police offering crime prevention advice.

Having been allowed to enter the address, the man distracted the occupants by asking them to leave the room to either check their property or to make cup of tea.

Once left alone at the Moss Lane address, the man stole money from a handbag.

Nothing was stolen from the address on Broad Street as when the occupants returned to the room the suspect made his excuses and left.

On both occasions, the man has been described as white, 40-45 years, stocky build, around 5 ft 8 in tall, clean shaven with short mousy coloured hair.

DC Carl Matthews of Leyland CID said: “I would like to urge people to be vigilant and always ask people who ask to enter your home to show some ID. If you’re unsure then don’t let them in.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101.