Bogus health visitor warning

POLICE are warning parents to be vigilant after a man posing as a health visitor tried to access two addresses in Blackpool.

The first incident happened on February 13th when a man claiming to be a health visitor called at an address on Bloomfield Road and said he was there to do a check on a child who lived there. The occupant did not let the man in.

The second incident happened on March 3rd when again a man claiming to be a health visitor called at an address on Ansdell Road. He spoke to a neighbour and said he was there to carry out a health check on a child who lived there. The neighbour then told the victim who contacted the police

A police investigation is underway and officers are warning people to be vigilant.

Checks have revealed the man is not a bona fide health worker. The man is described as a white male, in his 50s, with grey hair.

DS James Edmonds of Blackpool CID said “These incidents are concerning and we would like to reassure people that we are doing what we can to try to find this man.

“Thankfully he has not gained access to these properties or to any children on these occasions, however if anyone is concerned that they may have been a victim then we would ask them to contact us.

“We would also like to remind people to please be vigilant when people call at your door unannounced. Always check for ID. Genuine callers will always have identification. If you are still uncertain, phone the organisation and confirm the person’s identity. Genuine callers will be happy to wait. If you are not expecting a visitor, do not know who is at the door, have any doubt or feel uncomfortable DO NOT open the door.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20170308-0771.

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