Con man warning

ELDERLY residents are urged to be wary of doorstep callers after reports of a suspicious man trying to get into people’s homes.

Householders in the north of Hartlepool are being urged to be wary of unknown people knocking on their doors after concerning incidents on the Headland.

Police say a man, described as being in his 30s and around 6ft-tall, tried to get inside homes on a number of occasions using various stories, including asking to wash his hands.

Sergeant Tony Oliver, of Hartlepool Police, said: “Bogus callers often appear plausible but residents 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 are advising people to use security chains when answering the door.

Anyone with information about the suspicious caller should contact Hartlepool Police on (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.