Police warn over cold callers

POLICE have urged caution over cold callers following several reports about the issue.

Morpeth Inspector Sharon Wilmore-Greaves has warned householders to take care after reports of cold callers seeking work at homes, farms and businesses.

She said: “We have had reports of unregistered contractors calling at farms and businesses offering to do work such as laying drives, building fences and gardening.

“When faced with a tradesperson, residents should ask for a written quotation containing the company’s name, address and telephone number before giving them any money or allowing them to carry out any work.

“I would also encourage people to report anything suspicious to the police. Any suspicious vehicles, people acting suspiciously or anything that doesn’t seem right can be reported to us on the non-emergency number.”

Residents are advised to be extremely cautious if anyone they don’t know turns up at their door unannounced, always check their identity and never invite them into your home. If you are unsure about whether the caller is genuine ask them to return later and arrange to have someone with you.

To report any suspicious behaviour call police on 101.