Bogus caller cons woman out of £150

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AN elderly woman was tricked out of £150 after a conman demanded payment for repairs he claimed to have made to a fence at her home.

The bogus caller knocked on the door of her house in Plessey Road, Blyth, just before 3.50pm a week ago on Tuesday and told the woman he was owed money for work he claimed to have carried out on her fence.

The woman, said by police to be in her 80s, handed over £150 even though the man had not done any work to earn it, and he then left.

The conman is described as white, aged around 20, about 5ft 5in tall and of slim build, with short fair hair.

Inspector Trevor Oakley, pictured, of Blyth neighbourhood policing team, said: “We have carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area and spoken to neighbours to see if anyone saw the man.

“Offenders who target the elderly and the vulnerable in our communities need to be caught and stopped.

“I’d urge anyone who gets anyone suspicious knocking at their door, or anyone they are not sure about, to not let them inside the house and instead contact the police.

“We are more than happy to come and check it out.”

Police are appealing for any potential witnesses to the theft to contact them on 101 ext 69191.