Crowdfunding appeal for Bo’ness woman who was robbed by bogus caller

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An appeal to raise money for an 84-year-old partially sighted woman who was robbed in her own home has hit double its target in just a few hours.

The pensioner was robbed by a bogus caller at 11.40am on Friday and the house was ransacked for money and jewellery.

Generous members of the Bo’ness community and beyond have raised over £500 in an effort to try and give the woman back some of what she lost, after a man claiming to be from the water board stole from her.

The appeal is using the Bo’ness town motto Sine Metu which translates as without fear as its rallying cry and organiser of the appeal, Richard Hannah said the woman should have been able to live in her own home without fear.

His original target was £275 but it is now sitting at over £500 with 51 people having donated so far.

He said: “I was upset that someone could do such a thing to a vulnerable person, its disgusting. She is well known in the town and has given much to our town and its children.

“The community response has been amazing as you would expect from Bo’ness.”

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

PC Claire Harman said: “This was a callous and despicable crime against a vulnerable member of our community and we will do everything in our power to bring these individuals to justice.

“In the meantime we would urge everyone to be vigilant and not to allow anyone into their home if they are in any doubt about who they are.

“Don’t allow anyone into your home until you have verified their identity by telephoning their workplace. All legitimate callers will be happy to wait outside until you do this.”

Anyone with information that can assist police to trace these suspects is asked to call 101.

You can find the crowd funding page at gogetfunding.com/sine-metu-without-fear-lets-reinburse-the-lady-from-boness-who-was-robbed-in-her-own-home.