Suspected bogus callers sought after incident on Wearside


Suspected bogus callers are being sought by police after carrying out work at a home on Wearside.

According to Northumbria Police, money was handed over for the work at a home in a street near to Houghton Cemetery on Monday, April 18.

A man, say the police, called at the house claiming to be from a company called Allianz Home Improvements, and offered to pressure wash and seal the driveway.

A price was agreed for the work and the drive was cleaned by three men, but it is believed they did not seal the drive and used water on it instead, according to the police. The offenders wrote the victim's details in a small book that also contained other names and addresses.

Money was handed over for the work, and before leaving the area the men delivered leaflets to nearby homes.

The incident was initially reported to Trading Standards, who contacted police with concerns on Sunday, May 1.

Officers are carrying out inquiries into the incident and believe the men were bogus and are investigating fraud by false representation.

One of the men is described as medium build, aged in his early 30s with dark hair. He spoke with a strong Irish accent, and it is thought his name is Gerry or Jerry.

The second man is described as thin build and younger looking, while the third man is described as 5ft 8 inches tall, with a stocky build and well-dressed. The second and third men did not speak.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: "Our inquiries have raised concerns, and it is our belief that these men were bogus and not from the company they purported to be from, despite their best efforts to prove they were genuine.

"If anyone has been contacted by these men or has information about their identity, we would urge them to get in contact with us"

Police are also reminding residents to be on their guard to similar offences.

DI Stewart added:"These people prey on elderly people and we want to remind people to make sure someone they know doesn't fall victim.

"Look out for elderly relatives, friends or neighbours and remind them that not everyone who calls at their door is who they say they are.

"Any genuine callers will not mind waiting or coming back another day while their credentials are checked or advice is sought."

For more information on how not to fall victim to bogus callers, visit www.northumbria.police.uk. Any witnesses, or anyone with information to this incident, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 quoting reference 604 010516, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.