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Bogus caller warning in Gateshead

28 Nov 2016 11:00 AM

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Police are appealing for information following a bogus caller incident in Gateshead.

Between 12:30pm and 2pm on Thursday, November 17, a man knocked on the door of a property in Woodwynd, Leam Lane, claiming to be from an energy company.

He requested to have access into the house to read the homeowner's meter. The occupant asked the man for ID and he was unable to present any and so refused him entry.

The incident was reported to police and officers carried out enquiries with energy providers, who had no records of any staff in the area that day and so believe the man was a bogus caller.

The man was described as being white, around 5ft 6ins tall, aged between 20 to 30 years old and of skinny build. He was wearing a white Tshirt, black jumper and short jacket.

Anyone who has any information into the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 268 19/11/16.

Police are advising residents not to let anyone into their home unless they have checked their identification. Genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is checked.

Genuine callers will also 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.

For further information search Northumbria Police Bogus Callers online.

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