Two arrested in crackdown on bogus workmen

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Police have made two arrests after a bogus workmen incident in Morpeth.

It follows a report from a care agency in the town about an elderly woman who they thought had been targeted by bogus workmen.

Officers attended the woman’s address and found she had been overcharged for gardening work.

A man aged 18 and a 14-year-old youth were arrested on suspicion of fraud and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detective Inspector David English said: “These arrests are a great example of partnership working and are a direct result of a quick-thinking care worker who raised her concerns to police.

“The resident suffers from dementia and we believe had been targeted due to her vulnerability.

“That call meant that officers were able to respond immediately and thanks to the swift action of officers we were able to make arrests.”

The arrests come as Northumbria Police continues to carry out Operation Strongbow aimed at targeting bogus callers.

As part of the campaign, police are reminding residents to be on their guard to anyone who calls at their door unannounced. Officers also remind residents to look out for elderly neighbours and report any suspicious activity to police straight away.

Extra police patrols are being carried out in the area, both to make enquiries with local residents and offer crime prevention advice and reassurance.

Anyone with any information into the incident is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 791 17/09/15.