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Police are appealing for help tracing two men after residents in Crouch End and Highgate were approached by suspected bogus callers within hours of each other.

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The two incidents took place on Wednesday, November 13, in Crescent Road, Crouch End, and Claremont Road, Highgate.

In the first, a white man in his mid-40s knocked on the door of a house in Claremont Road at 1.15pm, and told the cleaner he was there by arrangement with the homeowner to clean the windows.

The man asked to come in to fill his bucket and he disappeared upstairs. A few minutes later he left, saying he would come back to collect the money.

He had not cleaned the windows, and the victim discovered her purse’s contents missing shortly afterwards.

The man is described as about 5’ 10” tall, of slim build with mousy coloured hair which curled up at the ends.

Then, at about 3.30pm, an elderly resident was approached by a young white man as she arrived back at her Crescent Road home.

He claimed he was working on the gutters, and followed her into the communal hallway and up to her flat. It is believed he poured water on her floor once inside.

As he was explaining the puddle had been caused by the gutters, the occupant of the below flat called him down to look at the water leaking through the ceiling. The ginger-haired suspect said he would speak to his colleague outside but never returned.

Det Con Matthew Lever, of Haringey police, said: “ I would appeal for anyone who remembers seeing either of these men to contact me on 101 quoting the above references.

“If you feel uncomfortable letting someone into your home, then don’t.”

The police have advised people to always ask to see a cold-callers identity and ask them to wait outside while they check. If there are any concerns, people are advised to call 999.

For more advice contact the safer neighbourhood team or visit www.met.police.uk.

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