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Warning to Newcastle residents after suspected bogus caller

30 Mar 2017 10:00 AM

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Police are reminding residents in Newcastle to be vigilant after reports of a suspected bogus caller.

At around 1.45pm on Monday (March 27) police received a report that a man had been going door to door in the area of Stamfordham Road in the west of the city.

The man asked at least one resident if he could take a meter reading from inside their address and claimed he would be able to get customers a better tariff.

Officers attended the area but the man in question had already left the scene and an investigation has been launched by the local neighbourhood policing team.

Enquiries have found that the man was not working at the company he claimed to be employed by and so police are now asking residents in the area to be vigilant.

Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "An investigation into this report is ongoing but our initial enquiries suggest that the man in question was not acting honestly.

"There haven't been any reports that anything has been stolen from the properties he visited but we are keen to speak to him so we can establish exactly what his intentions were.

"Members of the public should always be vigilant when they receive a visit from a cold caller and don't think twice about challenging anyone who knocks on your door.

"Genuine traders will have clear identification and will be more than happy to present it when they are asked.

"If you think an individual is behaving suspiciously then please get in touch with police so we can safeguard our local communities from any bogus callers operating in the area."

Anyone who thinks they may have seen the man in question, or has any information that could help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 582 270317.

Police are reminding residents in Newcastle to be vigilant after reports of a suspected bogus caller.
At around 1.45pm on Monday (March 27) police received a report that a man had been going door to door in the area of Stamfordham Road in the west of the city. 
The man asked at least one resident if he could take a meter reading from inside their address and claimed he would be able to get customers a better tariff. 
Officers attended the area but the man in question had already left the scene and an investigation has been launched by the local neighbourhood policing team.
Enquiries have found that the man was not working at the company he claimed to be employed by and so police are now asking residents in the area to be vigilant.
Newcastle West Neighbourhood Inspector Julie Rana said: "An investigation into this report is ongoing but our initial enquiries suggest that the man in question was not acting honestly.
"There haven't been any reports that anything has been stolen from the properties he visited but we are keen to speak to him so we can establish exactly what his intentions were.
"Members of the public should always be vigilant when they receive a visit from a cold caller and don't think twice about challenging anyone who knocks on your door.
"Genuine traders will have clear identification and will be more than happy to present it when they are asked.
"If you think an individual is behaving suspiciously then please get in touch with police so we can safeguard our local communities from any bogus callers operating in the area."
Anyone who thinks they may have seen the man in question, or has any information that could help police, should contact officers on 101 quoting log 582 270317.