A WARNING has been issued to report any suspicious behaviour to the police after a woman was left “shaken” by a would-be scam.

A resident in the Haughton area of Darlington contacted ward councillors to ensure neighbours guard against letting strangers into their homes.

The woman reported that a man had knocked on her door on Sunday, claiming to be an Army veteran and that he had been discharged on medical grounds.

The man then asked for money or donations and attempted to enter the woman’s house. When she refused to let him, the man became “very abusive”.

He is described as being in his 30s, with short, dark hair. He spoke with a North-East accent and he was wearing a white T-shirt with print on the front. He also had a rucksack.

The man left the scene without approaching any other neighbours in their gardens.

The police were contacted over the incident, with ward councillors reminding residents there is no need for alarm, but that they should call the police via non-emergency number 101.