Bogus window cleaner targets York with doorstep demands for cash

On patrol in York – officers checking properties are secure in Huntington as part of Operation Joypad. Photograph: NYP North York on Twitter

On patrol in York – officers checking properties are secure in Huntington as part of Operation Joypad. Photograph: NYP North York on Twitter
On patrol in York – officers checking properties are secure in Huntington as part of Operation Joypad. Photograph: NYP North York on Twitter
York residents are being targeted by cold callers asking for cash to clean their windows.

Police believe a number of people in Huntington have been approached at home by the bogus window cleaners.

They are asking anyone who has been contacted in this way – or has seen an “incident in progress” – to contact them.

Police are also investigating a sneak-in burglary in the Old Village, Huntington, during which cash was stolen from a wallet.

The theft happened between 10am and noon on Sunday (July 26). Officers are urging residents to be on their guard and ensure they keep their doors locked, even when they are at home.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and speak to the Force Control Room
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12150128488

The news comes as Operation Joypad arrives in Huntington.

This sees officers from the York North Safer Neighbourhood Team carrying out high-visibility patrols and physically checking properties to ensure they are secure.

Hundreds of properties have already been checked, and when an insecure property is identified, officers contact the homeowner and provide suitable crime prevention advice.