POLICE in north Shropshire are urging people to remain vigilant around their doorsteps after reports a man tried to enter a Whitchurch property by pretending he was from the RSPCA.

North Shropshire Safer Neighbour Team urged people to be aware of people trying to falsely gain access to a property after the incident in the town last week.

Officers praised the occupant for using 'common sense' in asking the man to provide RSPCA identification and warned others to be aware of any attempts to falsely achieve entry into properties.

A spokesman said: "We have had a report of a male visiting a house in Whitchurch and passing himself off as an RSPCA inspector.

"He attempted to gain entry by saying the RSPCA had had a report about the pets at the property and he needed to check them.

"The occupant sensibly had the chain on the door and the male then left when asked for his ID which he could not provide.

"A call to the RSPCA reveals that no such report had been made and they had no staff in the area on that day."

Officers were able to get a description of the person who tried to gain access and said that if anyone had any information about him or anyone else impersonating others, to contact them.

“The male is described as being a white male, 6ft tall, medium build with dark hair that was longer on top and short back and sides, well spoken and in his 30s.

"On that day he was wearing a blue t-shirt and jeans.

“If you have had a similar visit or know someone that has then please get in contact with Whitchurch SNT by email at Whitchurch.snt@westmercia.police.uk"

You can also contact police via 101 and ask for Whitchurch or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.