Bogus caller warning renewed

POLICE are again warning elderly residents to be wary of unknown doorstep callers as they continue to hunt a “suspicious” man.

 The Mail reported last week how police are concerned about a man trying to get into homes on the Headland, Hartlepool, in the past few weeks.

Officers are renewing calls to people living in the north of the town to refuse entry to anyone they do not trust.

The man, who is 6ft and thought to be in his 30s, has used stories such as needing to wash his hands to try and get into homes.

 Sergeant Tony Oliver, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Bogus callers often appear plausible, but people should refuse entry if they don’t know them or aren’t 100 per cent confident of the caller’s credentials.

 “If in doubt lock them out.”

 Police advise the use of security chains when answering the door and the joining of the Ringmaster scheme, which can be signed up to for free and includes regular text, phone or email updates about crime in the area.

 To sign up to Ringmaster call your local prevention officer on (01642) 302562.

 Anyone with information about the suspicious caller should contact police on (01642) 302110 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.