POLICE are warning residents in Scarborough to beware of travelling criminals operating in the area.
The suspects call at their victims’ home and claim that they know either their relatives or the previous homeowner and that they have been asked to carry out work on the property.
A Scarborough Police spokeswoman said: “An incident of this nature was reported in the Scarborough area on Thursday.
“The workman on this occasion was described as medium to large build, grey hair, wearing a blue work jacket and carrying a blue hard case.
“If anyone suspicious comes to your door, you have no obligation to answer and always ask and check for ID badges.”
People who want to report anything suspicious are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060247.