Ten-year-old Kam's clearly been watching the detectives as he helps foil Northampton tricksters

Police salute schoolkid for giving "vital intel" after conmen come calling

Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:24 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd May 2020, 12:26 pm

Impressed police officers took their hat off to a 10-year-old sleuth helping them track down tricksters calling at a house in Northampton.

The cops were called after conmen attempted to blag their way into a property by pretending to be engineers.

But they met their match in the form of Kam, who took home schooling to a whole new level with his detective work.

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A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police Special Constabulary said: "Our thanks to the super actions of 10-year-old Kam who provided our officers with vital intel for further enquiries.

"Quality job, pal! We're sure we'll see you in one of our uniforms soon!"

Police have issued warnings urging the public to beware of bogus callers who often target the elderly and trick their way into people’s houses by pretending to be something they’re not – water board employees and police officers being common disguises.

Once inside, they distract the homeowner in order to steal from them.

Police issued fresh warnings to watch out for distraction burglars

Detective Sergeant Terry Rush from Northamptonshire Police’s Burglary Team, said: “Distraction burglars can be very convincing and will use a number of tactics to trick their way into people’s houses.

“They often target elderly people so I would strongly encourage people to speak to their elderly relatives about this type of scam and ask them not to open the door to people they’re not expecting.

“Never let people try to persuade you to let them into your home even if they are asking for help – they may not be genuine. If someone is persistent, ask them to call at another time and arrange for a friend or family member to be with you.”

Last year, local officers shared a video from Anglian Water on how to recognise staff calling without an appointment are genuine after a spate of distraction burglaries in Northamptonshire.