While all crimes are despicable in their own way, among the lowest of the low is the conman that targets the elderly.
To take advantage of people in this way really is unforgiveable.
But sadly that’s the story we bring you today on the front page.
A 95-year-old widow tricked into letting a man into her house.
He promptly stole her bag and fled, escaping with just £10.
And the victim believes it’s not the first time he’s struck at her home.
While some people may say this kind of crime is just a sign of the times and goes on everywhere, surely it’s time for a wake-up call.
Yes, it’s a burglary of which there are many, and, yes, it was low value, but the impact on the victim will be horrendous.
To lose trust in people as this woman will can only leave her vulnerable and fearful of people’s motives – even though most are good-intentioned.
It’s also a matter of perception.
It’s the kind of thing that, quite rightly, people say just wouldn’t have happened a couple of generations ago.
But it’s all-too-common now and only goes to damage the community in which it happens.
In this case, we’ll probably never know the motives for this crime – whether drugs, alcohol, greed or anything else, but whatever the so-called ‘reason’ it can’t justify the outcome.
An upset victim and society at large that becomes numbed to such acts.
So let’s see if we can help find this crook.
His description is in the article as is the contact number for the police.
While it might not be easy, someone knows who he is and what he’s doing.
They should do the right thing.
Pick up the phone and turn him in.