Burglary advice to Berwick residents

24 Oct 2016 13:43 PM

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Police are reminding residents to be on their guard following a distraction burglary in Berwick.

It happened at 3.55pm on Saturday, October 22, at an address in the Spittal area of the town.

A man cold called at the home of a woman resident offering to do odd jobs outside her property and then asked her for a bin bag.

After she turned away to get a carrier bag her purse was stolen.

Police were called and officers have been carrying out enquiries in the area. They are also appealing for anyone in Berwick who may have recently had a suspicious caller at their home to contact police.

Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall said: "We want to remind residents in Berwick to be cautious if someone turns up unannounced on your doorstep, whether they're claiming to be carrying out work or selling something.

"It's a timely reminder for people to be vigilant. Always check identities of workmen and the company's credentials before agreeing to work being carried out.

"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.

"We would also like to ask members of the community to look out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours who could be victims of this type of crime and report any suspicious people or vehicles they see in their community to police. If in doubt contact officers."

To report any information about the incident contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 743 22/10/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed pending further enquiries.