Bogus caller incidents in South Shields

01 Jan 2017 20:25 PM

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Police are reminding residents to be on their guard to bogus callers following three incidents in South Tyneside earlier today (Sunday, January 1).

Earlier this evening police were informed a man had called at homes in Brockley Avenue, Ulswater Gardens and Ascot Gardens claiming there had been a burst water pipe and he needed to check the occupants water supply.

In one of the incidents its believed the man stole cash from the house.

The man is described as aged approximately in his 30s, around 5ft 8 inches tall, medium build and wearing a dark hat and anorak.

Extra officers are in the area as police carry out enquiries into the incidents.

Police want to remind residents to be cautious to anyone knocking at the door unannounced. Any genuine callers will not mind waiting while their identification is verified. Bogus callers often target people who are elderly or vulnerable and anyone who has elderly or vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours is asked to make sure they are aware to be cautious. If any doubt they should ring police.

Anyone with information about the identity of the man involved in the incidents in South Shields, or thinks they may have been targeted by him, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 1202 010117 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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