Help catch bogus Houghton-le-Spring charity caller

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police is investigating Northumbria Police is investigating

AN elderly woman has been conned after a bogus charity collector knocked on her door and asked for money a sick child.

He visited the woman’s house in Houghton-le-Spring twice between 11am on Monday, December 2, and 11am on Friday, December 6.

On his second visit he showed the 84-year-old woman a fake letter from the charity.

She handed over £60 but then found out that the caller was not genuine.

Chief Inspector Jerry Pearson, of Northumbrian Police, said: "These types of crime are particularly callous as they play on people's generosity and also cause upset to the genuine charity.

"We are making enquiries into this incident and it may be the man has knocked on the door of other houses in the area, if so we want to hear from residents as they may be able to help identify who he is.

"Genuine charity collectors always carry identification which clearly states they are authorised to collect funds on behalf of the named charity.  If you are not sure simply refuse to part with cash on your doorstep.

"These people tend to prey on vulnerable and elderly people and we'd urge anyone with vulnerable and elderly family or friends to make sure they are aware of this advice.

"If you do have suspicions about callers to your home please contact the police straightaway."

The man is described as around 5ft 5ins tall, with dark hair, slim build and well dressed.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 ext 69191 quoting log number 944 13/12/13, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
 

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