Bogus workman in Hexham

28 Apr 2016 14:17 PM

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Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after an incident where it's suspected an elderly resident was overcharged for work in Hexham.

At around 10.00am on Tuesday, April 26, the elderly resident from Causey Park, aged in their 80s had a man call at their address and offer to carry out roofing repair to the property. A price was agreed and the work was carried out.

At around 9.30am on Wednesday, April 17, the man returned and stated that more money was needed for additional work. The man said these repairs would cost £3500 and money was handed over. The man did not return to carry out the additional work.

The man was with another male and they were driving a white mid size van with a square back.

Police are appealing for help to trace the men and the van involved and are reminding people to be vigilant.

Neighbourhood Inspector, Kevin Oates, said: "We're keen to speak to anyone with further information about this incident and I'd appeal for anyone who has been approached in a similar way to get in touch with police as soon as possible.

"It's a timely reminder for people to be vigilant, Never agree to work being done by those who cold call at your home or approach you in the street. Never agree to have work completed on the spot.

"And when agreeing for work to be done by a company ensure you get a written quotation and ask for identification and contact details for the company - any reputable business will be more than happy to accommodate.

"I would ask for everyone to pass this warning on to the elderly, whether you are a carer, a relative or a neighbour. If you are in any doubt or suspicious contact police straight away so we can carry out enquiries."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 469 11/04/15, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

More crime prevention advice can be found at the Northumbria Police website or follow

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