Two men attempt to rob 84-year-old woman in her Shadwell home

POLICE are looking for two men who tried to rob an 84-year-old woman by pretending to be from a water company.

One of the men talked to the woman in her home in John Rennie Walk, Shadwell at 1.45pm last Thursday (January 27) while his fellow burglar searched her flat.

Luckily nothing was stolen after she became suspicious and told the men, both white, to leave.

One is described as 30 years old, 5ft 8ins tall with a thin build, short black hair and stubble.

He was wearing a navy blue bomber jacket with white writing on the left breast, dark trousers and pink cotton gloves.

The other suspect is believed to be between 16 and 18 years old, with a stocky build, fair short hair and a ruddy complexion, wearing a dark blue jacket and dark trousers.

A police spokesman said people should not be tricked into letting anybody into their home without checking their identity badge and making a phone call to the company they claim to be from.

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Anyone with information call DC Edwina McAllister on 0208 217 7264 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.