Four arrests after vulnerable elderly woman is targeted

May 30 2018

FOUR women were arrested in Hanham after a vulnerable elderly woman was spotted withdrawing money from a number of cash machines.

Police are now urging people to look after at-risk relatives and friends following the serious incident in Kingswood on Monday May 21.

Neighbourhood PCSOs Andrew Lagana-Forbes and Andrew Bray became concerned after spotting an elderly woman from their beat, who they knew to be vulnerable, withdrawing cash from a number of ATMs.

PCSOs Lagana-Forbes and Bray alerted colleagues and were able to direct officers to Hanham High Street, where four younger women were arrested on suspicion of fraud. All four were later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Kingswood Neighbourhood PC Matt Clement said: "I’m really proud of these two PCSOs. Their knowledge of their community has helped us ensure the safety of a vulnerable woman in her 70s and we’ve made her family and support services aware. Our investigations into the incident continue.

"I would ask anyone who has a vulnerable relative or friend to check in with them regularly. Criminals can sometimes take advantage by pretending to befriend them, in order to steal. Just popping in for a cup of tea or making a phone call can actually help to keep people safe."

Anyone with concerns about a vulnerable adult can find more information https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-advice/protecting-vulnerable-adults/