Fake officer conned elderley couple

Northumbria Police.
Northumbria Police.

A CON man in Wallsend duped an elderely couple into thinking he was a police officer so he could go into their home.

The incident happened on Monday September 3 between 11.30am and 12pm when a man called at an address in Holderness Road in the town.

He told the elderly occupant he was a police officer and he was checking the security of the windows.

Once inside the man searched through the property before leaving, although nothing was stolen.

The man is described as being tall, with dark hair and wearing a dark suit.

A similar report of a man claiming to be a police officer was also received from an address in Gilsland Avenue on the same day.

This time the occupants asked to see his ID which he claimed was in the car and he would go and get it, however, he didn’t return.

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton, of North Tyneside CID, said: “This man is clearly bogus and claiming to be someone he is not and we want to remind people to be extra vigilant to people like this.

“Any genuine police officer or member of police staff calling at someone’s house will carry identification with them and residents should always ask to see this.

“If they’re in any doubt the caller will not mind waiting outside while this is checked or coming back at a later time to give the occupant time to check.

“We’re carrying out enquiries to trace this man and would urge anyone who saw him in Wallsend yesterday to contact us. We also want to hear from anyone who may have been visited by a man in similar circumstances.”

Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.