Purse stolen by pair during bogus call

A purse was stolen by two women in a bogus caller incident.

The pair had called at an address in Cragside, in Whitley, at around 11am on Wednesday, June 24, with the occupant noticing some time later that her purse was missing.

Police are carrying out enquiries into the incident and keen for anyone with information to come forward and speak to them.

The appeal comes as Northumbria Police continues to carry out Operation Strongbow – aimed at raising awareness of doorstep crime and bogus callers.

As part of the campaign police are keen for anyone with elderly or vulnerable family or friends to speak to them and remind them the importance of not letting strangers into their home.

Further advice is available on the Northumbria Police website www.northumbria.police.uk

Superintendent Mick Paterson said: “I’d ask anyone with any information about who these woman are to come forward and speak to us.

“Bogus callers like this prey on elderly and vulnerable people and take advantage of their good nature and kindness and it is important we find out who they are.

“We would also advise people not to let strangers who call unannounced into their home, no matter who they say they are and I would ask members of public with elderly and vulnerable family and friends to remind them of this advice.”

Any witnesses to the incident in Whitley Bay should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 568 250615 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.