Bogus caller steals money from house

A bogus charity collector stole money from a householder in Ashington after she knocked on her door asking for sponsorship.

On Monday, September 16, a woman attended an address in Woodlea and asked for sponsorship for a race.

While the occupant was distracted the woman then stole money and ran off.

Officers are asking anyone who may have been visited by the woman or have any information about her identity to contact them.

The woman is described as around 30-years-old with shoulder length straight blond hair and of slim build. She was wearing a black and white three quarter length checked coat with a belt and may have been carrying a clipboard.

Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: “Incidents like this are callous.

“The offender has preyed on the kind-hearted nature of someone for her own financial gain.

“It may be the woman has knocked on the door of other houses in the area, if so we want to hear from residents as they may be able to help identify who she is.

“Our advice is always err on the side of caution if someone knocks on your door unexpectedly, don’t invite them in and don’t leave them standing on the doorstep with the front door open. Any genuine callers will not mind if you close the door on them while you go to get something from inside.

Anyone with vulnerable and elderly family or friends is urged to make sure they are aware of the advice from police.