Residents warned about doorstep callers
Dated: 21 Jun 2012
Police are appealing for information after a suspected fraud incident in Gateshead where a man overcharged for gardening work.
At 2pm on Wednesday, June 20, a report was received that three men had attended a house off The Drive in Felling, and charged the elderly occupant an excessive amount for a small amount of gardening work.
She paid about £140 for work which should have cost around £30. The incident took place on Saturday morning, June 16.
One of the men is described as white, aged in his late 40s or early 50s, about 6ft tall of stocky build, with facial hair and wearing a long-sleeved black top and possibly brown waistcoat.
It's possible they were using a small white van. Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward.
Gateshead Chief Inspector Mark Warcup said: "I'd like to remind people that doorstep crime involves people calling at your home who you do not know. If anyone calls who you are not expecting you should ask to see their identification and should never let anyone inside.
"If the caller asks you to buy a service, they should be asked to return, allowing you to seek advice from relatives, friends and neighbours before doing anything. If in doubt, call the police.
"I'd urge anyone with information about this incident or about suspicious activity, people or vehicles in their neighbourhood, to contact police."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.