BARNSLEY police are warning residents to be vigilant following three reported bogus caller incidents over the bank holiday weekend.

At around 5pm on Saturday (May 23), a 61-year-old man was at home in Yewdale when a man knocked on the window asking for a drink. The resident made him a drink and later discovered that his wallet and some money was missing.

Half an hour later, an 89-year-old woman was sitting outside her home in Ravenholt when a man asked if he could do some gardening. She went inside to get some equipment and when she returned noticed her handbag was missing.

At around 12pm on Sunday (May 24), a 79-year-old man noticed a man in his garden who claimed to be looking for his dog. The man asked for a cigarette and entered the house. It was later discovered that a wallet and cash were missing.

A 38-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and has been bailed pending further enquiries. Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 727 of 23 May 2015.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hall: “If you have any concerns or doubts about an individual approaching your home or offering services, do not be afraid to question their validity. Ask for an identification card and if you need to, close your door and make a phone call to the company they say they work for to confirm their information."