12-year-old arrested in Swanley after targeting elderly in distraction burglaries

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 September 2013

A 12-year-old boy and a couple have been arrested in connection with a number of distraction burglaries across London.

The boy was arrested on Wednesday of last week in Swanley, while a 39-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were also arrested by police at around 2.30ppm the previous day in Beckenham.

The incidents reported to police involve a man using a young child to distract elderly victims while their homes were ransacked.

A 91-year-old man was targeted in one incident, and was assaulted after answering the door to a young boy who said he needed to write a note for his aunt.

All three are currently in custody at a south-east London police station.

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