Suspicious TV sellers in north Northumberland

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Police are advising people to be aware of a potential scam after people have been offered TVs for sale in north Northumberland.

Police have received two reports of people being offered televisions for sale by men in vans, both of which took place yesterday.

It was reported at 5.22pm that two men, in what is described as a white transit van, approached a member of the public who was at the Co-op filling station on South Road in Alnwick. They asked if he wanted to buy a stolen TV. He declined the offer and the van drove off.

The driver was described as in his 50s, white hair in a crew cut, with a short beard and wearing a checked shirt. There is no description of the second man. Incident reference 815 of 21/02/17.

A short time later, at around 7pm, a resident was approached in Purdy Lodge car park, by the A1 at Adderstone, by a man in a white Citroen van who offered to sell him an HD TV. When the man refused, the seller became abusive before driving off.

The seller is described as white, 5’ 8”, heavy build, balding with a white/silver-coloured beard and an Irish accent. Incident reference 935 of 21/02/17.

Acting Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “We want to alert people to these suspicious incidents and advise them to report such incidents to us. Officers are making inquiries and if anyone has concerns about this, we would ask them to get in contact with us.

“Our advice for residents is not to deal with people offering such items for sale at the roadside or at the door and to report such instances to the police. We’d also ask people to look out for their relatives, friends and neighbours, and pass on this advice to them as well.”

Anyone with information about either incident should call police on 101.