Doorstep burglary warning in Fenham and Benwell

30 Jan 2017 14:09 PM

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Police are warning residents in Fenham and Benwell to be on their look out for burglars posing as doorstep traders.

In recent days the Newcastle North West Policing Team have received a number of calls about a suspicious man knocking on residents doors offering to do odd jobs.

The man, who is thought to be around 40, of thin build, with fair hair and often wearing a hat, has been seen a number of times carrying a sweeping brush, has told residents he is looking to do odd jobs like gardening and removing rubbish.

On one occasion officers know the man was paid to remove some rubbish from a garden in Benwell, however after it was taken from the property it was found abandoned at the end of the street.

Police are asking for residents to be on their guard as there is a possibility that the man could potentially be checking houses to see if anyone is home or not.

Their concern is that the man could be planning to burgle homes and so are urging residents to be on the look out for anyone suspicious knocking on doors or hanging around their neighbourhoods and to report this to police immediately on 101.

Neighbourhood Inspector for the area, Julie Rana, said: "Please be aware that this is happening in the Fenham and Benwell areas of the city and be on the look out for anyone that looks suspicious checking out properties where you live. Be wary of anyone who knocks at your door uninvited offering any kind of service like gardening, building or maintenance work and always ask to see ID, references and contact details before agreeing to any work being carried out. Never let strangers into your home and if you are concerned in anyway then close the door and contact the police."

To report any suspicious activity contact police on 101.

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