Con-Gang Spark Alert by Police

The Journal (Newcastle, England), February 19, 2007 | Go to article overview

Con-Gang Spark Alert by Police


Byline: By Chloe Griffiths

Householders in Northumberland are being warned to stay on their guard after a number of elderly people were targeted by bogus callers.

At least four aging homeowners have already fallen foul of the conmen, who have tricked their way into homes by claiming to be from utility companies.

Now police are warning other people in the area, particularly in Hexham and Mickley, to be alert to the callers.

Officers have urged all householders to be vigilant and to make sure all representatives calling at their homes are in uniform and have the appropriate identification.

The warning comes after officers were called to a house in Hexham on Saturday night, after one elderly victim had allowed the men into their home.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said yesterday at least another three people in the area had since come forward saying they had cash and property stolen on Saturday after the men gained access to their homes.

Once inside the property, one man had distracted the owner, and another took valuable items.

Police are not disclosing amounts to protect the owners, but the spokesman said at least one person had lost property with a "high value". …

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