Two people have been arrested following a bogus caller incident.
Police were called to an address in Cullercoats after builders had been reported overcharging for work at a number of addresses.
We’d advise residents not to agree to work being done by those who cold call at their home or approach them in the streetA police spokesperson
Officers attended the scene where a 39-year-old man and a 13-year-old were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and bailed pending further enquiries.
Extra officers have been patrolling the area to carry out enquiries, provide reassurance and help deter any further offences.
A police spokesperson said: “It’s a timely reminder for people to be vigilant. We’d advise residents not to agree to work being done by those who cold call at their home or approach them in the street.
“And when agreeing for work to be done by a company ensure you get a written quotation and ask for identification and contact details for the company – any reputable business will be more than happy to accommodate.
“We would ask for everyone to pass this warning on to the elderly, whether you are a carer, a relative or a neighbour.
“If you are in any doubt or suspicious contact police straight away so we can carry out enquiries.”