Warning After Spate Of Cold Callers In Norfolk
9 May 2016, 07:22
Police received a report of men cold calling at addresses in the South Norfolk area offering goods for sale door to door.
In the first instance police were called to the Queen's Street area of Wymondham at around 4pm on Thursday after reports of males selling goods in the area.
As a result a man in his 30s was questioned by officers at the scene and reported (under The Pedlars Act 1871) for allegedly selling goods without a licence.
In a second incident a man was reported selling towels and other items door to door in the Little Melton area at around 6pm later the same day.
Chief Inspector Nathan Clark of Norfolk Constabulary would like to remind householders to be vigilant.
"Please remember you do not have to open your door to cold callers," he said.
"Close and lock your back door before answering the front door. If you do not recognise the person, speak through the closed and locked door.
"If they are selling something or offering to do any work on your house or garden, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they persist tell them you will call the police and call us on 999. If you have any doubt - keep them out."
Colleagues at Norfolk County Council's Trading Standards advise that residents never agree to buy goods from, or have work done, by someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.
Often such traders don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods.