Police are appealing for information and urging residents to be vigilant following an incident in Marlborough yesterday

Written by Neil Goodwin on .

At approximately 7.15pm, an elderly woman was in bed at her home in Homefields, when she heard a bang and then noticed a man at her bedroom door.  The woman questioned the man, and he apologised before running down the stairs and out of the property.  The front door had been damaged during the incident.

The man is described as slim, of average height, and possibly aged in his 20s or 30s.

Earlier the same day, at approximately midday, a man had called at the woman’s house stating that she had a loose roof tile.  The woman told him she had already arranged for repairs to be carried out and the man left.  This man is believed to have been driving a lorry which had a low bed with a ladder on top.

PC Teresa Herbert, community coordinator for Wiltshire East, said:  “We are in the very early stages of the investigation and we are keeping an open mind as to whether or not these two incidents are linked.

“This was understandably a very frightening experience for this elderly woman who has been left extremely shaken up as a result.

“We would like to reassure the local community that we take reports of this nature extremely seriously and understand that news of crimes like this can be frightening to our elderly community. We are carrying out a thorough investigation including house-to-house enquiries and we will be analysing all CCTV footage from the vicinity that is available to us.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area of Homefields yesterday evening between 6.30pm and 7.30pm. Did you notice any suspicious vehicles or people you do not recognise? Please call 101 with any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.”

By adhering to the following advice, you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of burglary or bogus callers:

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT) will visit the elderly victims of these crimes. Bobby Van provides a home security service for elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged people throughout Wiltshire.

The charity operates two Bobby vans that provide mobile workshops for Bobby operators.  For more information please go to: www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk