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".
"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."