POLICE are hunting for a man who forced an elderly woman to buy fish.

On Friday, the 96-year-old woman was at her home in Eggborough, near Selby, when a loud knock was heard on the window, North Yorkshire Police said, adding that the man was seen waving for the woman to open the front door.

A police spokesperson explained: "The victim was told that someone down the road had ordered £100 fish for them and that they owed £100 to pay for it. The victim confirmed that they hadn't asked anyone to order any fish."

Without invitation, the offender walked in to the property and put fish in the freezer, telling the victim it was £60 worth and she would have to pay for it, the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson also said: "The victim felt intimidated and wanted the offender out of her property so gave him the £60, the offender then left."

North Yorkshire Police is urging people to be aware of bogus callers.

The spokesperson commented: "Remember, if you're not sure who is at your door don't open it.

"Check the identity of the caller by calling the company they are purporting to be from or telephone a neighbour or friend nearby to come and assist. If you suspect a bogus caller has visited, even if they did not enter your address, report to the police straight away."

Anyone with information about this incident should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting 12180023408.