POLICE are appealing for information after two women targeted an elderly Helensburgh resident in her own home - and then tried to enter two more properties in Clydebank.

Around 2pm on Thursday, August 22, a 73-year-old woman was within her home on Marmion Avenue, Helensburgh, when a women entered and spoke to her in a foreign language. A second woman was seen to be outside of the property.

The following day, Friday, August 23, at around 12.30 pm, two women tried to enter a 69-year-old man’s home at a sheltered housing complex on Second Avenue in Clydebank.

They were stopped by staff at the complex and made off.

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Shortly afterwards, around 1.25 pm on Friday, August 23, a third incident happened where two women followed a 95-year-old woman who had got off a bus and tried to enter her home on East Thomson Street, Clydebank.

On all occasions nothing was taken and nobody was injured.

The descriptions of the suspects on all three occasions are very similar and therefore officers believe they may be linked.

The first suspect is described as around 5ft 5in, of slim build with dark coloured hair and possibly Eastern European.

On Friday, August 23, she was described to be wearing a yellow jacket and a grey top, and was carrying a yellow coloured bag.

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The second suspect is described as being around 5ft 4in, of slim build, with dark hair, and also of Eastern European appearance. She was wearing a yellow and black checked shirt on Friday, August 23.

Sergeant Brian Simpson, Dumbarton Police Office, said: “These incident have all happened across two days and we believe they are linked.

“We are appealing to try and trace these two women and would appeal for anyone who may have seen them in either Clydebank or Helensburgh, or is aware of any further incidents, to get in touch with us.

“We would like to remind the public to always close and lock your door, and that if anyone comes to your door, always ask for identification before allowing anyone access to your home.

"If in any doubt at all, contact the police.”

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Anyone with any information should contact Police via 101, quoting incident number 2009 of Friday, August 23.

Alternatively you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given in confidence.