News Release

Bogus caller alert

Dated: 12 Feb 2012

Householders in Newcastle are being urged to be on their guard following a bogus caller-type incident.
 
Between 8.45am and 9am on Friday, February 10, a man called at the home of an elderly woman on The Drive asking to use the telephone. He claimed his car key was broken and stuck in his vehicle's lock. Once on the phone he then claimed he had been cut off and asked for £5 so he could get home to Durham. The woman refused to handover any money and he left. 
 
Police enquiries revealed another woman on The Drive had also been approached by a man around the same time on Friday saying his car had broken down and he needed cash or a lift to Byker. The woman walked away without handing over any money.
 
Officers would like to remind householders to avoid handing cash over to strangers at their door without first checking their credentials. Residents are also asked to watch out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and to report any suspicious incidents to police immediately.
 
The man was described as white, clean shaven, aged in his 40s and around 5ft 6ins or 7ins tall of medium build. He was smartly dressed, wearing a dark woollen hat, dark overcoat, dark suit trousers and dark shoes.
 
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone else who was  approached in such a way or who may have spotted a man matching such a description in the area.
 
Anyone with information or knows who the man might be from his description is asked contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.