Bogus caller in Corbridge
17 Feb 2016 12:31 PM[View Full Size]
Police want to warn members of the public after an incident involving a suspected bogus caller in Tynedale.
Officers were called at around 5.50pm on Tuesday, February 16, to reports a man posing as a Highways Agency worker had attended an address in Corbridge.
Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm a workman spoke to the 83-year-old male occupant and told him repair work to a driveway had been carried out on Friday, February 12 and requested payment for the work. A cheque was handed over before the man made off.
Police are now appealing for information about the incident and are warning members of the local community to be on their guard.
Detective Inspector, Sharon Chatterton, said: "This is a timely reminder for people to be vigilant. We believe that the suspect has targeted this address because of the vulnerability of the occupant.
"Three men were seen in a white flatbed van in the Corbridge area on Thursday, February 11 and again on Tuesday, February 16. The van had ‘Tarmac’ signage on the driver’s door and it’s believed the men were wearing green jackets.
"Enquiries into the incident are on-going and we appeal to anyone with information to contact police straight away.
"We also want to warn people to be on their guard against this type of crime. Always get quotes from a number of companies or tradespeople before agreeing to have any work done, check the identities of any workmen and the company's credentials.
"And when agreeing for work to be done by a company ensure you get contact details for the company - any reputable business will be more than happy to accommodate.
"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.
"People should also look out for elderly relatives and neighbours and report any suspicious people or vehicles to police straight away.
Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and police ask for anyone who may have information to contact police on 101 quoting reference 0830 16/02/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.