Detectives investigating a distraction burglary are urging the public to check on their vulnerable neighbours, friends and family.
In the last hour (between 12.15pm to 12.30pm on Wednesday 5 March) it was reported that a man knocked on the door of a home in the Lower Milehouse Lane area of Newcastle. He claimed he was from the council and said he was there after complaints about the garden being messy.
After gaining entry he went down the garden with the occupant while a second suspect entered the home and stole property, including jewellery and a mobile phone.
The man is described as white, aged around 40 years old, skinny build, 5ft 10ins, unshaven. He was wearing a white shirt, black trousers and carried a clipboard.
Offenders are likely to travel to different areas and carry out similar offences so please share this far and wide.
All officers have been made aware of this man and been passed his description. Officers at the scene of this burglary carrying out inquiries and offering support to the victim.
Witnesses, or anyone who has seen a man matching the above description, is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 282 of March 5. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
The public are urged to make vulnerable neighbours, friends and family aware of these types of incidents and share the below crime prevention advice with them.