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Report of bogus callers

10 Feb 2015 13:35 PM

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Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after a report of bogus callers in North Tyneside.

At 1.49pm, on Monday, February 9, police received a report that suspected bogus builders had attended the address of a man aged in his 80s off the A192 near Preston Park in North Shields.

The two men had called at the door offering roofing work and agreed to carry this out for £60. The men then left with the cash without carrying out any work.

One of the men is described as being white, aged 35 to 40 years old, with short, dark brown hair and wearing a light brown coloured jacket.

The second man was younger, white, aged between 17 and 20 years old, of medium build, shaved brown hair and wearing a dark jacket.

Police are making enquiries to establish if it's linked to reports of suspicious men knocking on doors in the Cullercoats area of North Tyneside on Monday afternoon. They were driving a Ford Transit vehicle.

DS Simon Gilhespy, North Shields CID, said: "I'd appeal for anyone who saw these two men in the area during Monday afternoon to get in touch. We've carried out house to house enquiries and it appears the men knocked on several doors and may be connected to similar reports in Cullercoats.

"It's a timely reminder for people to be vigilant. Never agree to work being done by anyone who cold calls at your address and don't hand over cash on the doorstep.

"Any genuine caller will be willing to come back while you check their credentials, and to provide a quotation before the work goes ahead.

"Make sure you look out for elderly relatives and neighbours as it's the most vulnerable in our communities who are often targeted. I'd like to reassure residents we're carrying out extra patrols in the area and are making enquiries to trace these men."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 582 09/02/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More crime prevention advice can be found at the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk.