Vulnerable South Tyneside victim conned out of cash

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

Police are hunting conmen who tricked a vulnerable victim into handing over cash to pay for roofing work that was never carried out.

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

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart said: “It’s clear that the intention of these men was to dupe the occupant into paying for work that was not carried out.

“It is often the case that these bogus callers prey on vulnerable people and 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. Any genuine caller will not mind waiting and even coming back at another time while their identification is verified and so the occupant can arrange to have a relative or friend with them.

“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 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.