Warning after bogus roofers target elderly women in Hetton

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POLICE are reminding people to ensure they check a tradesman is legitimate after bogus roofers targeted an elderly woman.

On Monday afternoon, August 5, police received a report from a relative reporting that workmen had asked for money for repairing the roof of a woman aged in her 90s, at an address off Richard Street in Hetton.

Officers attended and it appears the workman had approached the woman saying the work needed to be carried out on her roof.

While enquiries are still ongoing into this incident to establish what happened, police are reminding residents to be vigilant.

Acting Superintendent Dave Willett said: “It appears this woman was approached and told her roof needed repairs carried out, and then they asked her for a sum of cash.

“We’re carrying out enquiries but this is a timely reminder that residents should be vigilant. It’s good practice to receive a written quotation before any work starts.

“Never agree to work being done by anyone who cold calls at your address, and never hand over large sums of cash before work is completed.

“It’s important residents look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours as tradesman that are not legitimate will target the elderly and vulnerable.

“We continue to do everything possible to target those people suspected of being involved in such offences and ensure residents have the right advice.”

Police can be contacted on 101 ext 69191. For more crime prevention advice visit the force website at www.northumbria.police.uk