On March 5 Northumbria Police received a report after a man scammed an 87-year-old woman out of £140 in Ashington.

The offender attended the victim’s home and claimed her roof needed repairing and offering to carry out the work for a fee.

The offender had then made off with the money without completing any work. He is described as a white man, approximately 30-years-old, 5ft 4in, with short dark hair. He is said to be driving a Range Rover which is towing a trailer containing ladders.

Officers are warning the public not to make payment to any tradesperson before any agreed work is completed.

Anyone with any information, or has seen anything suspicious, is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 and quote reference number 785 05/03/18.