Bogus caller incident in Wallsend

01 Feb 2015 11:51 AM

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Police are appealing for information after a bogus caller incident in North Tyneside.

The incident happened between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, January 31. A man knocked on the window of a resident in West Street in Wallsend.

The occupant, who has impaired eyesight, believed the man was his grandson and let him in to the premises. The man left the house after a short time, however, after he left it was established cash had been stolen.

The offender is described as medium build, in his early 30s, and wearing a rolled up black woolly hat a black three quarter length black leather jacket and dark trousers with dark brown or black leather gloves. He spoke with a local accent.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and police are asking anyone who was in the West Street yesterday morning to contact them.

Inspector Adrian Tallantyre said: "Bogus callers will use any way they can to try and gain entry into a house with the intention of stealing things inside and it is unfortunate that their despicable behaviour often sees them take advantage of the kind nature of vulnerable and often elderly people.

"Our enquiries are ongoing to trace the offender and I would ask anyone who was in West Street on Saturday morning to get in contact. If anyone thinks they saw the offender, or maybe received a knock at their door from a stranger matching this description, we want to hear from them.

"Extra officers will be in the area to carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to residents."

For more information on what to do if you, or a relative, friend or neighbour, receives a call from a bogus caller visit the Northumbria Police website

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 773 310115 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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