A FRAUDSTER befriended an elderly woman before obtaining her bank details to steal from her, say police.

Officers have received reports in total of three elderly women in Haydock, who have allegedly fallen victim to the same offender.

On two occasions in October, victims were reportedly intimidated into allowing a woman into their homes, where she went on to steal cash from them.

Meanwhile, a third victim was reportedly befriended by the woman and then persuaded to give her bank account details to them which were then used to steal money.

Police have arrested a 31-year-old woman from Haydock in connection with the investigation.

She has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation; of two cases of theft from a dwelling and of affray.

The woman has been released on bail.

Sergeant Stephanie Barcroft said: "We will not tolerate those intent on preying on vulnerable people and exploiting the generosity of others for their own personal gain.

"In each of these incidents, it appears the offender has actively targeted vulnerable people and we would appeal to everyone to keep an eye on any elderly and vulnerable neighbours and family members.

"If you notice anyone suspicious in the area, always contact police so that we can bring offenders to justice, and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities."