Caring officers 'dig deep' to help victim of crime
22 Jun 2016 10:14 AM[View Full Size]
Last week police in the west end of Newcastle got a call from an 83-year-old woman who thought she had been the victim of 'rogue traders'.
After visiting and speaking to the woman they quickly established that she had been conned out of hundreds of pounds by three fraudsters.
The men had knocked on her door and said they would carry out work on her garden for a fee. They managed to trick her into paying hundreds of pounds to them before pulling a few weeds from her garden.
They then left the weeds dumped on the path before leaving with the money, never to be seen again.
The woman was left incredibly upset by what had happened and her garden ruined. A full investigation was carried out into the incident however police have been unable to find the men responsible.
When officers from B Rota 24/7 response team in Newcastle heard about what happened they got in touch with the victim and offered to come on their days off and sort her garden out for her.
She was over the moon with the offer and so yesterday (Tuesday June 21) PC John Lorraine has been at the address and has spent the day weeding, digging, planting and pruning.
Newcastle Sergeant Rich Gentry said: "This is a truly kind and fantastic gesture by PC Lorraine and B Rota to give up their days off and their own free time to come and help a member of their community who had been the victim of a crime.
"They did it because they care about what they do and about the community they serve. The officers are a credit to the force and I know from having spoken to the victim she was really touched by the help and thankful for what they are doing for her.
"We are extremely proud to have such thoughtful, caring and kind officers as part of the team who are willing to go the extra mile to help those in need."