Elderly man conned into paying £2,000 for fish fillets
An elderly man was conned into paying £2,000 for 20 fillets of fish.
Police are appealing for information to trace two men who targeted the man in his home on School Lane, Kirk Ella yesterday tea-time (Wednesday).
One of the men knocked on the man's door, telling him his colleague would be back to sell him some fish.
A short time later the other man arrived at the house and was let inside by the elderly resident, who in return for a brown coloured basket containing around 20 fillets of fish, handed the suspect £2000. Part of this was paid by cash and some paid by cheque.
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The fish itself was only valued at £100.
The man left the house and drove away in a white coloured van with black coloured writing on the side.
One of the men is described as a white male, aged in his mid 40s and around 6ft tall of a medium build and clean shaven.
He had short hair and was wearing a white coloured button up coat and blue rubber gloves.
The other man is described as being in his mid 60s, of a slim build with short hair. He was also wearing a white coloured coat.
Both men told the elderly resident they were from the Newcastle area, although this information has not been confirmed.
Police conducted local house-to-house enquiries and it is believed the men may have approached other houses in the area.
Anyone who saw the men or who may have been approached should contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number 1960228.