A series of workshops are to take place across the borough to provide information to elderly residents about bogus officials.

Chorley and District Neighbourhood Watch Association has secured funding to run seven bogus awareness presentations.

The scenarios will be acted out by the 50 Something Burnley Theatre Group.

The event will also show elderly people what actions to take to ensure they do not become the victim of bogus officials.

Margaret Rushton, crime prevention officer for the Chorley area, said: "The theatre group do a fantastic job of acting out the scenarios and really get the message across."

Keith Warren, chairman of CADNWA, added: "These type of bogus type offences are despicable crimes where the offenders target vulnerable elderly people."

The workshops are free although spaces are limited. Transport will also be provided to some and anyone who is interested in booking a place should contact either Keith on 01257 481850 or Margaret on 01257 246384.

Venues are:

o Oct 6: Gillibrand Arms, Collingwood Road, Chorley, 2pm-4pm

o Oct 20: Mawdesley Village Hall, Hurst Green,Mawdesley, 2pm-4pm

o Oct 27: Fairview Community Centre, 2pm-4pm

o Nov 3: Charnock Richard Football Club, Charter Lane, Charnock Richard, Chorley, 2pm-4pm

o Nov 10: Whittle Community Centre, Union Street, Whittle-le-Woods, 2pm-4pm

o Nov 17: Heapey and Wheelton Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wheelton, 2pm-4pm

o Nov 24: Euxton and Astley Village to be arranged 2pm-4pm.