Conwomen preying on pensioners for their jewellery in Horbury town centre

Linda Warren from Horbury. Approached by two young women who started putting necklaces around her neck, then demanded �20 for them, before trying to remove her own necklace when they took the others off her neck after she refused to pay.'w310c335
Linda Warren from Horbury. Approached by two young women who started putting necklaces around her neck, then demanded �20 for them, before trying to remove her own necklace when they took the others off her neck after she refused to pay.'w310c335

Conwomen have been preying on pensioners in Horbury.

Linda Warren said she had a lucky espcape when she was surrounded by them on Cluntergate last Thursday.

But minutes earlier they had managed to steal jewellery from another elderly lady.

Mrs Warren, 67, said: “I had been to the chemist and was approached by a young woman asking for directions to the hospital. I told her to get the bus to Wakefield and ask for directions at the bus station.

“Before I knew it, another woman appeared and they started saying I was really nice and were trying to put necklaces on me.

“They were really intimidating and in my face. I said I didn’t want their necklaces, and they then started asking me for £20 for them. I said no again and they started taking the necklaces off me. I twigged that they would probably try and get my own thick, gold chain off, so I held on to it tightly.”

Mrs Warren went home and reported the incident to the police, who confirmed to the Express that a second, similar incident had been reported.

She said: “I am relatively young, and not easily frightened, but I can see how elderly people would just hand over their belongings or money, or not realise what was happening.

“They are doing this in broad daylight – it beggars belief. I was very lucky and kept my wits about me and didn’t provoke them in any way. They could have had knives or anything with them – you never know in this day and age.”

Police are appealing for witnesses regarding the two deception incidents.

A spokesman said: “In both offences two women, described as being in their late teens or early 20s, approached women and attempted to induce them to buy jewellery by placing it on them.

“The first offence took place at about 11.55am on the High Street after two women approached a 70-year-old local woman and placed bracelets on her arm. She asked them to take them off but afterwards noticed a gold chain of her own had also been taken.

“In a second incident at 12.11pm, a 67-year-old woman was approached on Cluntergate by two women who also put jewellery on her person and then asked for payment.

“The lady refused and the girls took the items and left the area.”

Anyone who has information or sees similar incidents in the Horbury area is asked to contact the Wakefield North West NPT on 101 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.