Police are appealing for information after a 95-year-old woman was targeted by a distraction burglar.

A man called at the door of the womans home in Victoria Road Hayling Island just before 11am on Thursday August 8.

He asked if she needed work carried out in her garden and followed her into the house. He entered a bedroom and removed her handbag before leaving the property.

The bag contained a small amount of cash.

The man is described as:

Round face
5ft 5ins to 5ft 6ins tall
Approximately 35 years of age
Average build
light coloured hair with no facial hair
wearing a fluorescent jacket with no sleeves

Detective Sergeant Liz Brunt said: We would appeal to anyone who may be able to help us identify this man.

We also like to hear from anyone else who may have been subject to cold calling of a similar nature by a male fitting the description in the area at that time.

Hampshire Constabulary offers the following advice:

Always use the door chain when answering the door if you are not sure do not open the door.

Always check the credentials of unknown callers. Do not phone the number on the ID card use a phone book or a bill.

Never employ cold-calling doorstep traders or engage with cold callers on the phone.
Do not keep substantial sums of money in the home.
Always keep front and back doors locked.
LOCK STOP CHAIN and CHECK – if unsure do not open the door.
Consider joining or setting up a No Cold Calling Zone or Neighbourhood Watch scheme.
Report any suspicious callers or activity to the police immediately.
Keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable neighbours friends and family

Anyone with information should contact DS Brunt at Havant police station on 101. Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.