Men who "conned elderly" sentenced

Three men have been sentenced to a total of nearly five years for fraud at Newcastle Crown Court. Police say the men "conned elderly residents in Newcastle and targeted streets where elderly residents would be found".

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Northumbria Police: "This case should serve as a strong warning"

"This case should serve as a strong warning to would-be offenders that we will not rest until we have brought all such predators to justice. "Bogus callers and rogue traders often target the most vulnerable members of society.

"Such offences are sometimes not even reported to the police as the victims are unable to protect themselves or are unaware that they are even victims of crime.

"We ask members of the community to watch out for their vulnerable neighbours and relatives.

"If people see questionable workmen at the homes of vulnerable people they should not hesitate about reporting their suspicions directly to the police."

– Newcastle Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt

Northumbria Police: Men "acted as bogus roofers"

Police said the three men acted as bogus roofers, cold calling then arranging overpriced roofing work that was not required.

Police also said in each case an expert surveyor confirmed the work carried out was substandard and vastly over charged.

Anyone with concerns about a neighbour or who has information about a suspicious caller incident can contact Northumbria Police by phoning 101.

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Men who "conned elderly residents in Newcastle" sentenced

James George Bowes, 53, of Buttermere Close, Slatyford, was sentenced to two years and three months.

Three men have been sentenced to a total of nearly five years for fraud at Newcastle Crown Court.

Police say the men "conned elderly residents in Newcastle and targeted streets where elderly residents would be found".

James George Bowes, 53, of Buttermere Close, Slatyford, had previously pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud. He was sentenced to two years and three months.

William Thomas Rutherford, 56, of Mapperley Drive, South Denton, was sentenced to 18 months.

William Thomas Rutherford, 56, of Mapperley Drive, South Denton, had previously been found guilty of four counts of fraud. He was sentenced to 18 months.

John Blyth Townsley, 41, of Prospect Court, Fenham, had previously pleaded guilty to one count of fraud. He received a 12 month suspended sentence.

John Blyth Townsley, 41, of Prospect Court, Fenham, was handed a 12 month suspended sentence.
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