Police appeal after fraudster repair man thefts

A fraudster pretending to be a vacuum repair man has stolen thousands of pounds from people in the Ponteland area.

By Andrew Coulson
Thursday, 20 June, 2019, 11:10
News from Northumbria Police.

Northumbria Police has received reports of a man committing fraud after calling residents claiming to be from Dyson and booking appointments with them to come and repair or carry out service checks on Dyson products.

They are visited by the man and are asked to make a small payment for work carried out.

The two reported incidents in the Ponteland area happened on June 11.

Detective Sergeant Jason Kell, of Northumbria Police, said: “Inquiries to identify the offender(s) are ongoing.

“We’re asking anyone with any information, or who saw someone suspicious in the area at the time, to get in touch with officers.

“It’s also important to stay vigilant and look out for friends and neighbours to help ensure their safety.”

Anyone with information that may assist police should call 101 – quoting log 741 11/06/19 – report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.