A 74-YEAR-OLD pensioner was sexually assaulted by a man who knocked on her door claiming to be her doctor.
The bogus medic told the woman he was there to examine her, before assaulting her at her home in Eastwood.
The incident came six weeks after an 89-year-old woman was assaulted in Sutton-in-Ashfield, also by a man claiming to be her doctor, and police are linking the two incidents.
Age UK Nottingham alerted Josie Forrest, the treasurer of Eastwood Age Concern to the incident, saying pensioners needed to be on their guard and only let people in if they have a pre-booked appointment and they have been shown ID. Ms Forrest said it was ‘disturbing’ to hear of something like this happening locally.
Det Chf Insp Andy Gowan, who is leading the police investigation, issued similar advice.
“Anyone who has an elderly neighbour or relative should take extra care to ensure they are safe and are aware of the dangers of letting a stranger into their home,” he said.
“A medical appointment can be easily verified with their local doctors’ practice.
“I urge people to exercise caution and ensure they are completely satisfied a caller is genuine before letting them inside their homes.
“The victims are being supported by specially trained police officers and we are working with them to try and identify who is responsible for these despicable crimes.”
Officers say the first incident in Sutton-in-Ashfield happened on May 24, and the incident in Eastwood happened on July 15.
The offender was reported as being ‘smartly dressed’ on both occasions, white, aged between 40 and 60, and of slim build.
DCI Gowan added: “We believe these incidents are linked and were probably carried out by the same man.
“We have been carrying out house-to-house inquiries and examining CCTV footage, and we would like to hear from members of the public who may have information or recognise the description of the attacker.
“Anyone who thinks they may be able to help with our inquiry should contact us as soon as possible.”
If you have any information, call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or freephone Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.