Warning after suspicious incidents

15 Mar 2015 10:14 AM

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Police are appealing for information following reports of suspicious activity in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

In the last few days officers have received a number of reports from concerned residents about two men claiming to be selling fish out of a van in the Gosforth, Jesmond and Longbenton areas.

They have been driving through neighbourhoods knocking on resident's doors and offering fish for sale. 

The two men are reported to have been wearing white chef's jackets and been driving a white van. A third man may have been with them and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top.

There has been no reports of any offences having been committed however police are working with Trading Standards to try and identify and speak to the men.

Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "We have had several recent calls from concerned residents believing the van to be suspicious.

"We would always ask people to be wary of buying goods on their doorstep. Even if the caller has the item, it still doesn't mean it's of good quality or is exactly as described.

"Those selling door to door should also have a pedlar's permit which means they have been checked by police. I would urge people to ask for this or better still, refrain from buying items in this way. If the item's a bargain and seems to good to be true, that's because it usually is.

"I'd urge people to continue being vigilant and report any callers that arouses their suspicion. We'd also ask people to look out for their relatives, friends and neighbours if they've had a caller that's unexpected and may move on to them."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 732 12/03/15.