A 90-YEAR-OLD blind man was among a number of vulnerable pensioners targeted in a spate of bogus calls.
He was disturbed by a man knocking on the door of his Frodsham home at 10.50am on Monday. The caller claimed he was checking for frozen pipes but was denied access to the premises and left.
Three similar incidents occurred between Saturday and Monday. The first happened on Saturday in the Farndon area when two men knocked on the door of an 82-year-old woman.
They asked if she wanted her trees cutting. She said no but they returned a short time later saying they had done the work and wanted £150 payment.
She gave them £30 and they left. At 2.30pm on Sunday, a 74-year-old woman in Cuddington answered the door to a man in plain clothes claiming to be a police officer.
He said he needed to question her following some damage to her car but she denied him access to her home.
Finally, at noon on Monday, a man knocked on the door of an elderly woman with mobility difficulties in Frodsham.
She was told he was checking frozen pipes. The man left when asked for identification.
He is described as smartly dressed, in his late 20s, with short dark hair.
The man was wearing a navy or black jumper and dark trousers.
The incidents come just days after John Boy Hamer, 31, of Winsford, was jailed for three and a half years following a series of similar offences.
Insp Phil Hodgson, of the Western Rural Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: 'I'm appalled that people seek to profit from the elderly and infirm. We are looking to act very positively in detecting these offenders.' Anyone with information should contact police on 0845 4580000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.