Bogus caller incident in South Shields

17 Feb 2015 11:43 AM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after reports of conmen in South Tyneside.

This morning (Tuesday, February 16) police were informed two men had called at an address in Cheshire Grove, in South Shields, on Saturday and told the occupant work needed carrying out in the garden. The occupant paid the men some money, they then returned yesterday (Monday, February 16) and told the man the work would cost more.

They took the man to the bank and he handed over extra money, however, he has not heard from them since.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the incident and are asking anyone with information to get in contact. They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have received similar calls.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: "Our enquiries are in the initial stages and we're keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about these men. If anyone saw anyone suspicious in Cheshire Grove, or may have received a call from men claiming to be carrying out work in the area we would ask them to get in contact."

The appeal is part of Operation Strongbow - an initiative which targets doorstep crimes and distraction burglaries.

Insp Hudson added: "Callers who turn-up unannounced, whether they're claiming to be carrying out work or selling something, should always be treated with caution. Genuine callers will not mind being asked to come back at a different time so their identification can be checked or while arrangements are made for a relative or friend to be present when they return."

To report any information about the incident contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 233 170215 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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