Con artists prey on elderly during digital TV switchover

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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OPPORTUNISTIC thieves have taken advantage of the digital switchover by targeting the elderly.

Police have reported a number of distraction burglaries by crooks pretending to be television installers.

The digital switchover, in which the analogue signal is turned off, has already started in Hampshire and begins in West Sussex on February 29.

Superintendent Dave Miller, who works in neighbourhood policing for Sussex police, said: ‘It is predominantly the elderly and the vulnerable who may find the switchover difficult, we want to make sure our residents only let legitimate installers into their homes.’