A suspected thief has appeared in court charged with fleecing a pensioner out of thousands of pounds.
On Sunday police received a call from a woman who was concerned that a mother had been targeted by bogus callers.
Officers visited the 70-year-old, who has dementia, and found she had paid around £8,000 for odd jobs to be completed around the house in Ryton.
An investigation was launched by detectives at Northumbria Police’s Central CID and a 38-year-old man was arrested.
Now the man has been charged with one count of fraud by false representation and he appeared before magistrates in South Tyneside today.
Acting Detective Inspector Tam Fowler said: “The victim in this particular case is very vulnerable and that is why a man has been charged before the court.
“We all have a role in supporting vulnerable people and the daughter of this victim did the right thing by calling police with her concerns.
“If you have elderly family members or neighbours then we would encourage you to check in and make sure they’re not paying over the odds for doing jobs around the house.
“Anyone with any concerns should always contact police and we can investigate to see if any criminal offences have been committed.”
The 38-year-old man appeared at court where he was bailed to appear before Newcastle Crown Court at a future date.
Anyone who suspects an elderly relative or neighbour may have been a victim of crime is encouraged to contact police on 101 or report it online at www.northumbria.police.uk/police.