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Warning following suspected bogus workmen in Walker

Dated: 16 Feb 2013

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Police are appealing for witnesses after concerns of suspected bogus workmen operating in the Walker area.

Two men approached the address of an elderly resident on Ivy Road, Walker, on Tuesday, February 12, asking to paint the house.

The woman declined the work but the two men were persistent in asking her until she felt obliged to agree.

The men returned to the address at around 11am on Friday, February 15, with a further group of people and the woman contacted police.

Police attended and two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

Anyone with any information about this incident or has any other concerns can contact police on 101 ext 69191 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police advise in any situation of doorstep callers - if in doubt keep them out - the force's campaign to combat bogus callers and rogue traders.

You can help yourself and Northumbria Police by following these simple steps:

Stop and think if the caller is expected.
Look through a spy hole or window to identify who the caller is.
Put the door chain or door bar on before opening the door and keep it on while talking to the caller.
Ask for the caller's identity card and check it carefully - even if the person has a prearranged appointment.
Don't let visitors who are in a hurry, pressurise or confuse you - leave them to wait outside while you confirm who they are.  Genuine visitors will not mind waiting.
When you need to leave a caller standing outside, while you collect or check something indoors, always remember to close the door and lock it.
Never use a telephone number given to you by a caller - find the number in your telephone directory or check with a friend, relative or neighbour.
If you are not comfortable, ask the caller to return.  Make sure someone is with you when they come back.

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