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Police warning after cold callers target the elderly

Police are urging residents in Ilkley and Silsden to be vigilant following a number of incidents where cold callers have been to houses saying they were police officers.

The suspects have targeted elderly couples in the area pretending to be police officers and asking them for money.

These incidents have been distressing for the people involved and officers are investigating the incidents, as well as urging residents to be vigilant when speaking to cold callers.

If you receive a visit from someone purporting to be a police officer, then please request to see their identification card.

All police officers, even those not in full uniform, should be carrying these.

If you’re still not sure then take their details, their collar number and internal extension number and close the door, before calling 101 to check their identity.

Anyone who has witnessed anything suspicious in their area, or has any further information is asked to contact the police via 101 or via

Information can also be reported anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

For more information about doorstep crime and ways to secure your home, please visit


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