Police hunt bogus roofers over ‘repair’ con

Blagdon Avenue, South Shields. Picture: Google Maps.
Blagdon Avenue, South Shields. Picture: Google Maps.

Conmen who tricked a vulnerable householder into handing over cash to pay for roofing work that was never carried out are being hunted by police.

Two men persuaded the victim to withdraw money to pay for roof repairs after they called at a home in Blagdon Avenue, South Shields, between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday.

The victim returned from the bank and handed over money to the men, who then left without completing any work.

One of the men is described as in his mid-20s and wearing a high visibility tabard.

The second man was around 45 to 50 years old, wearing a fawn pullover. He spoke with a Middlesbrough accent.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: “It is often the case that these bogus callers prey on vulnerable people.

“I would urge anyone who has an elderly or vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour to please remind them to be vigilant and on their guard.

“We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have information about the identity of these two men, and would ask anyone who saw them in the area on Tuesday morning who has not yet spoken to police to get in contact with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 430 of 29/09/15.