Police have warned elderly people living in rural County Durham to be wary of suspicious men arriving at farms.

The alert has gone out after residents in Teesdale reported suspicious activity at a number of farms in the area.

A Durham Police spokesperson said: "Police have recently received reports of suspected fraud involving two men who are actively travelling around the North East visiting rural homes.

"The suspects are believed to be selling legitimate workwear/protective clothing, however, once they befriend the victim, they request to loan large amounts of money.

"It is reported that the men then make no repayments to the victims. They are known to target elderly members of rural communities."

The suspects are described as Asian, of medium build and both wear "turban-style headwear" and are believed to be driving a white Toyota van.

If you believe you have been a victim or have any information that can assist the police, email the Proactive Economic Crime Team – PECT@nersou.police.uk or in an emergency, call 999.