Warning as bogus callers target elderly

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Residents are being warned of bogus callers in North Tyneside.

A man, with impaired insight, let a man into his house in West Street, Wallsend, between 10am and noon on Saturday, January 31, believing it to be his grandson.

However, the man left a short time later after taking some cash.

The offender is described as medium build, in his early 30s, and wearing a rolled up black woolly hat a black three quarter length black leather jacket and dark trousers with dark brown or black leather gloves. He spoke with a local accent.

Elsewhere, a man ‘cold called’ at the home of an 83-year-old North Shields woman between 9am on Thursday, January 29, and 5pm the following day asking for cash to carry out repairs.

The homeowner handed over £800 following two visits by two workmen but no work was carried out and she refused to pay any more after a third visit.

One man is described as white, 30 to 40-years-old, tall with fair coloured hair. The other is approximately 70-years-old, medium height with grey hair.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

Speaking about the Wallsend incident, Inspector Adrian Tallantyre said: “Bogus callers will use any way they can to try and gain entry into a house with the intention of stealing things inside and it is unfortunate that their despicable behaviour often sees them take advantage of the kind nature of vulnerable and often elderly people.”

On the North Shields incident, Acting Detective Sergeant David Anderson said: “We’re appealing for anyone who may recognise these two men from the description to get in contact.

“We would also 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 want to reassure people that every incident involving an illegal trader, bogus caller or fraudulent work reported to police is investigated immediately. These types of incidents are treated as a priority, especially those involving an elderly or vulnerable victim.”