Tricksters prey on residents

PEOPLE are being urged to be on the lookout for bogus callers after a spate of incidents over the last few days.

Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust (DTVPT) has joined forces with Cleveland Police and Durham Constabulary to issue a warning after reports of scamsters preying on vulnerable residents in Seaton Carew and also in Darlington.

Teams of tricksters have been reported to police after knocking on doors and attempting to sell household goods such as tea towels, flannels and dishcloths.

In one incident, a man said he was from ‘Stockton Probation’ and carried fake ID in the form of an A5 size laminated card.

People knocking on the doors claim to be working on a scheme operated by Holme House Prison, in Stockton.

Russell Bruce, chief executive of the DTVPT, said: “We want to make it completely clear to everyone that the Probation Service would never get involved in any such activity. We do not have people knocking on doors or cold-calling to sell anything to the public.”

Acting Inspector Peter Howarth, of Cleveland Police, added: “Bogus cold callers prey on vulnerable people hoping to make money from the tales that they tell. This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will deal with those caught in the appropriate manner.

“I would urge anyone targeted by these tricksters to call the new non-emergency number 101, which has just been brought into operation.”