Campaign to stay safe from bogus callers

KEEPING communities safe and protecting the public is a massive task to undertake.

And that is why Northumbrian Water is sponsoring the Pride of Northumberland Safer Community award.

Bogus callers pretending to be officials from utility companies can scam hundreds and even thousands of pounds from unsuspecting and vulnerable members of the public.

But Northumbrian Water’s campaign to crack down on this kind of crime highlights the importance and tough job people do to keep our towns and villages free from unsafe activities.

Bogus callers are people who claim to be employed by companies, like utility companies, but who are only interested in stealing from homes.

More than 50 per cent of bogus callers pose as water company employees.

Northumbrian Water’s Cara Hall said: “These callous conmen prey on the elderly and vulnerable and can devastate lives. We work closely with the police, through their regional Operation Strongbow initiative, to help protect our customers by raising awareness and sharing best practise and information with relevant companies.

“We also have practical things that people can do to protect themselves and their property, like registering a password. Anyone from Northumbrian Water who needs access to a customer’s home will know this word and use it on request.”

If you think you know someone or maybe a group of people who deserve to be recognised for making your community a safe place to live or work then put them forward for the Pride of Northumberland.

Organised by Northeast Press, publishers of the Morpeth Herald and sister papers the Northumberland Gazette, News Post Leader and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser alongside Metro Radio, the awards put those who deserve to be recognised in the limelight.

There are 10 categories for which people can be nominated.

Child of Courage and Child of Achievement are open to the under 16s and highlight youngsters’ bravery and courage and their willingness to shine.

There are also adult categories for Fund-raiser of the Year, Community Champion, Community Group, Role Model, Green Champion, Student of the Year and Sporting Achievement.

Three nominations for each category will be shortlisted, with the winners revealed at a ceremony at Alnwick Garden on Thursday, September 15.

To nominate you local heroes, fill in the form below and return it to Pride of Northumberland, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, NE66 1PN.

You can also make a nomination in any of the categories online at