Police are warning people to be on their guard after bogus callers targeted elderly residents in Northumberland.
At around 3.45pm yesterday, police received a report of two men entering a property and asking the occupants for money for work they claimed they had carried out on drainage outside.
No money was paid to the men and the elderly occupants of the house on Campus Martius, Heddon on the Wall, called the police. Extra officers are in the area carrying out inquiries and providing reassurance to the community.
Sergeant Mick Quinn said: “Our inquiries are continuing today and we would ask anyone who saw these men or anything suspicious, either in the street or nearby, to contact us.
“I’d also urge people who have an unexpected caller, particularly one that rouses their suspicions, to ask them to come back when they have someone with them at their home.
“A genuine caller will not mind coming back later or having their credentials checked.
“ID should always be checked and details can be verified by telephoning the company the caller says they are from.
“We would also ask people to consider their neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable and whether any visitors they have may be unexpected or behave in a way which causes concern.”
Anyone with information on this incident can contact police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 874 25/10/14, or the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555111.