Bogus traders alert

POLICE are advising householders to be on their guard after reports of men selling fish for inflated prices.

At around noon on Saturday, May 5, two men sold some fish to an elderly couple in Glanton.

They were talked into paying an inflated price of £590 – a £500 cheque and £90 in cash – for the fish by a man whose manner was aggressive.

The man, wearing a white coat, was in a large white van with another man and drove off.

The couple in their 90s felt intimidated by the seller but were otherwise unhurt.

Chief Inspector Jackie Coleman, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “We are concerned that residents, and elderly people in particular, are being conned into parting with large sums of money.”

Police are now asking for anyone who has had a similar experience or who has information about the cold callers to contact them on 101, ext 69191.