Residents are being warned to be on their guard against bogus window cleaners.
Police received reports over the weekend of two men knocking on doors in Hawthorn Gardens, Kingsley Avenue and Kensington Gardens in Whitley Bay claiming to have cleaned the windows and asking to be paid.
But the windows had not been cleaned.
One of the men is described as white, in his late 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall with dark hair. He was wearing a black hoodie, dark 3/4 length bottoms, and dark trainers with illuminous patches on the heel area. He spoke with a north east accent.
The second is believed to be in his early 20s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of slim build. He wore a blue hooded top.
Whitley Bay Neighbourhood Inspector Jim Gray said: “We would advise people to be on their guard to anyone who calls at the door unannounced, especially if they are offering to carry out work or claiming that they have already done so.
“Most people who employ a window cleaner will know when they are likely to come and clean the windows and know who they are. If someone cleans your windows without a prior agreement then they should not expect payment.”