South Shields man conned out of cash by bogus gardeners

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TWO fraudsters who conned a South Tyneside resident out of cash are being hunted by police.

The men called at an address in Cheshire Grove, South Shields on Saturday persuading their victim he needed work carrying out in the garden.

The occupant paid some money, however, on Monday, the pair said the work would cost more.

The man was taken to the bank where more cash was handed over. He has not heard from the men since.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Hudson said: “Our inquiries are in the initial stages and we’re keen to hear from anyone who may have information about these men. If anyone saw anyone suspicious in Cheshire Grove, or may have received a call from men claiming to be carrying out work in the area we would ask them to get in contact.”

The appeal is part of Operation Strongbow - an initiative which targets doorstep crimes and distraction burglaries. 
Insp Hudson added: “Callers who turn-up unannounced, whether they’re claiming to be carrying out work or selling something, should always be treated with caution. Genuine callers will not mind being asked to come back at a different time so their identification can be checked or while arrangements are made for a relative or friend to be present when they return.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191. Callers are asked to quite reference number 233 170215 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.