Con men warning to rural villages

POLICE are helping communities in the rural areas of Northumberland to tackle bogus officials and con men.

Residents who are part of the Farmwatch scheme in the county are being sent a sign to display in their homes warning cold callers and potential criminals to stay away.

The poster will be e-mailed out to those on the scheme – currently around 1,500 people – along with the next Farmwatch bulletin and can be printed off and put up anywhere.

Northumberland Area Command Crime Prevention Adviser Del Graham said: “This initiative supports the on-going work we’re doing to support residents against bogus officials and con men.

“By putting up the signs in homes or at farm entrances, any unauthorised people that police stop on a farm or in an address have no excuse to be there.

“Officers have also been out in the villages and communities speaking to people and over 4,000 leaflets containing advice and information have been given out throughout the county.”

If you live in Northumberland and want to sign up to Farmwatch, visit

To report a crime, or for crime prevention advice, ring Northumbria Police on 03456 043043.