Residents reminded to be on their guard to bogus callers

14 Mar 2016 13:00 PM

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Police are reminding residents to be on their guard to bogus callers.

On Saturday, March 12, at around 1pm, a man visited an address in Well Bank Road in Usworth in Washington and asked the occupant for a contact telephone number for the next door neighbour. He has gone into the property on this pretence and while inside attempted to distract the occupant by asking for the phone book and for a cup of tea.

The occupant was wary of the man and did not let him out of sight while he was in the house and he has subsequently left.

The man is described as white, aged 25 years or a little older, around 5’10 -5’11 tall. He had dark, almost black, curly hair with loose curls on top. His appearance was described as presentable and he was waring a dark jacket and was on a bike which had a bag on the back. The bike may have been blue in colour

Enquiries are being carried out into the incident and any witnesses are urged to get in contact.

A/Inspector Les Goodliff said: "We are appealing for any witnesses to this incident and would ask anyone who was in Well Bank Road or the surrounding area on Saturday afternoon and saw a man fitting this description or on a blue bike to please get in contact.

"It is often the case that these bogus callers - people who use a story to attempt to be invited into a house and then try and distract the occupant with the intention of stealing anything on show - targeted those who may be vulnerable and we would ask anyone with elderley or vulnerable family or friends to ensure they are aware that there are these people operating in the area and that they should be on their guard.

"Our advice would be don't let these people into the house, if they are genuine they will not mind waiting outside. If in any doubt ring police."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 827 120316 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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