NORTHUMBERLAND County Council has warned the public to be on their guard following reports of people posing as members of the fire service.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria County Council said: “Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has reported incidents, including one in Alston, where people have impersonated fire service personnel – wearing a fake uniform and asking residents to answer questions on their doorstep.

“Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Police on 101.”