Bogus gas man incidents linked in Seaham

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DETECTIVES believe there is a link between a bogus caller and another attempt to get into an elderly woman’s home.

A man claiming to work for a gas company called at the house in Northdene Avenue in Seaham at 7pm on Tuesday, and tried to get the woman to let him in.

He ran off when she challenged him about who he worked for. Police believe he headed for the dene, re-emerging from woods, close to the garage on Tempest Road.

The man was 5ft 11in tall, slim, aged in his 40s or 50s, and had a dishevelled appearance.

He wore a yellow tabard, a dark T-shirt with large writing on underneath, and a baseball cap.

It follows a theft on Saturday in nearby Dene House Road, when a man, who also claimed to be working for the gas board, stole a handbag from a couple’s house after he tricked his way in.

The suspect was wearing dark clothing, and was also in his 40s or 50s.

Anyone with information is asked to ring Durham Police on 101.