Residents warned over door step scams

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Residents in Tideswell are being encouraged to be on their guard against door step callers over the festive period.

Police were alerted to an incident at around 3pm on Monday, December 15, after residents reported a man that was attempting to sell goods door to door in the Sherwood Road area.

Officers carried out a search of the area and stopped the man who was found to be trading without a Pedlar’s Certificate. He has since been strongly advised about the importance of trading with the correct documentation by police.

Police are asking residents to be aware of door step callers, especially in the run up to Christmas, and not to feel pressured into buying goods at your door without checking for quotes from other suppliers.

Officers are advising residents to follow some simple safety tips when dealing with doorstep callers, including asking to see the identity card of the caller, and if they are selling goods, to ask for their Pedlar’s Certificate.

They should take the ID card or certificate, close the door and examine it from inside, and to call the organisation they work for using a number from the telephone directory or a utility bill if they are unsure.

For more advice or to speak to the Tideswell Safer Neighbourhood Team call 101, and follow the team on Twitter: @TideswellSNT.