Warning after calls by bogus workmen

POLICE are warning householders to be on the alert for bogus callers after receiving reports of two men claiming to be from Northumberland County Council knocking on doors in Cramlington.

One man called at a house in Cambo Drive at 6.35pm on Saturday purporting to be from the council.

The man told the resident work was to be carried out on the driveways of council properties in that part of town.

Another man was reported to be knocking on doors nearby too, telling the same story.

Both were wearing high-visibility jackets.

Police are now warning householders to be on their guard. Sergeant Mick Aspey said: “Residents should never agree to work being done by anyone who cold-calls at their home, nor should they ever hand over money at the doorstep.

“Genuine workers for an organisation will be more than happy to show identification and to wait outside while they check their credentials with the company in question.

“They should never let someone they don’t know into their home.

“It’s important residents are vigilant and report any suspicious activity in their neighbourhood to police.

“It’s equally important people look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111