Rural villages warned to beware con men

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POLICE are helping to support rural communities in Northumberland against bogus officials and con men.

Residents who are part of the Farmwatch scheme are being sent a sign to display in their homes warning cold callers and potential criminals to stay away.

The poster will be emailed out to those on the scheme – currently around 1,500 people – along with the next Farmwatch bulletin and can be printed off and put up anywhere.

Northumberland area command crime prevention adviser Del Graham said: “This initiative supports the ongoing work we’re doing to support residents against bogus officials and con men.

“Officers have been out in the villages and communities speaking to people and over 4,000 leaflets containing advice and information have been given out throughout the county. These Farmwatch signs send a clear message to any uninvited visitors that they are not welcome and the police are working with residents to keep criminals out of the area.

“By putting up the signs in homes or at farm entrances any unauthorised people that police stop on a farm or in an address have no excuse to be there.

“We are committed to supporting the rural communities and reducing rural crime.”

If you live in Northumberland and want to sign up to farmwatch visit

To report a crime, or for crime prevention advice, ring Northumbria Police on 03456 043043.