An elderly resident received a visit on Friday 16 September from someone claiming to be from Wealden District Council. The caller asked to inspect the decoration inside the property and proceeded to give the whole place a thorough look over, including the loft space and they then left. From enquiries made later, the district council did not arrange any such visit. This was clearly a bogus caller and although nothing was stolen at the time, the visit may have been to check out valuables or to work out how to gain entry on another occasion.

If anyone calls at the door and asks to come in – whatever their reason – always check their ID. Double check again by phoning the organisation they claim to be from but use the number provided on any paperwork you have and not from their ID card in case it is fake. If they are genuine, they will not object.