Warning after pair targeted by cold callers

Police are reminding residents to be vigilant after a couple were overcharged for substandard work.

The couple, in their 80s, were approached at around 11.30am on August 8 outside their home off Beach Road, Tynemouth, by two men in a white van who asked if they would like their driveway levelled.

They agreed a fee but the men only spent a short time doing a substandard work and then tried to double the charge but the couple refused.

One is described as being aged between 30 and 40, about 6ft tall of medium to stocky build with light brown hair, wearing a Royal blue jumper.

The other was aged about 35, about 5ft 10ins tall of slimmer build, with dark coloured hair. They spoke with an Irish accent and were in company with a boy aged around ten.

North Tyneside Inspector Adrian Tallantyre said: “We’re keen to speak to these men about this incident.

“It’s a timely reminder for people to be vigilant, I’d advise residents not to agree to work being done by cold callers.

“When agreeing for work to be done by a company ensure you get a written quotation and ask for identification – any reputable business will be more than happy to accommodate.”

“People should look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours to make sure they have the right advice. If in doubt or suspicious contact police straight away so we can carry out enquiries.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 866 08/08/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.