Elderly people are being targeted by crooks pretending to be Kent Police officers and demanding money in Dartford.

Two reports have been made to police of men masquerading as police demanding entry into pensioner's houses in Dartford.

Police said the first instance was at 10.20pm on Tuesday, January 9, and involved two men banging on the window and door demanding to be let into the home in Chichester Road, Greenhithe.

The elderly couple who lived there shouted for the men to go, which they eventually did, but they had tried to gain entry through a back gate before leaving.

A second report was made to police following a similar incident on Wednesday, January 9, in Fulwich Road.

At about 9pm, a man allegedly entered the house whilst his accomplice waited inside. Once inside the victims living room, the fraudster claimed to be from Kent Police.

The suspect, dressed all in black, removed the victim's emergency lifeline necklace so he could not alert anyone, and then demanded cash and jewellery. The men left without taking anything.

In both ordeals, the suspect has been described as being a white man in his 40s, of medium build and around 6ft tall. He was dressed in black wearing a woolly hat.

In the Chichester Road incident the second suspect was described as being white, between 40 and 50 years old and of a bigger build, but same height. He was wearing a black bobble hat and had a scarf wrapped around his face.

Police are urging residents to be vigilant, and contact them on 01474 366 149 quoting crime reference number XY/001749/18 if they have any information.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.