Tyne & Wear

Police seek Newcastle snowy weather conman

A conman who targeted the elderly in Newcastle during the snowy weather has been described as "disgusting" by police.

The man had knocked at doors in the Chapel House area of the city offering to do help with shopping.

On four occasions the occupants - aged in their 70s and 80s - handed over small amounts of cash to him, but the man never returned.

In one case the occupier let him use her toilet and he stole her handbag.

He is described as being aged between 30 and 40, of slight build and with a pale complexion.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Pretending to be doing a good deed to help the elderly and then stealing from them is nothing short of disgusting, and we're doing all we can to trace the man responsible.

He added: "I'd urge people, particularly the elderly, to be aware of cold callers. Never hand money over to someone you don't know.

"I'd also encourage people to look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours and ensure they have everything they need during the current inclement weather."

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