Crime prevention advice following fish seller incident

15 May 2017 08:00 AM

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Police are advising residents to be cautious when dealing with cold callers selling fish.

This follows an incident when an elderly woman bought fish from a doorstep seller for a large sum in Newcastle.

It happened at an address in Jesmond on Friday, May 12. A man came to the door selling fish and the 90-year-old woman resident paid for the small amount of fish via a cheque, made out for £45. The cold caller had filled in the cheque details himself, which alerted the woman's family to the incident and they then contacted police.

Officers are making enquiries and want to make people aware of this issue.

Police also want to remind people to be cautious of people calling at the door unannounced - whether they are selling goods or claim to be from a utility company, local authority or even police.

Neighbourhood PC Ben McIntosh said: "Anyone concerned they've been the victim of a bogus caller or are faced with a dubious tradesman, is asked to call police.

"Neighbourhood officers will be in Jesmond over the next few days to offer reassurance and advice to local residents and anyone concerned should not hesitate in speaking to an officer.”

Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 101, quoting reference number 565 of 13/0517 or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.