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Say “no” to cold callers, say police

Unsolicited callers have been going door to door selling cleaning products in Shropshire again this month.

A police spokesman said: “We have had reports of individuals or pairs of men calling at households in the area offering for sale household goods from a large bag. These callers may claim to be ex-convicts attempting to mend their ways, however we do not believe that they are part of any recognised rehabilitation scheme.

“Cold calling to sell goods door to door is not illegal, however, people engaged in such activity should be in possession of a Pedlar’s Licence to do so. If you are displaying a sign on your address advising callers that you do not answer the door to unsolicited sales people, cold callers who ignore this may be committing an offence.

“We have had reports of such callers being very persistent in their efforts to clinch a sale.

“Police advice on the subject of cold callers / door to door salesmen is very clear – do not buy from cold callers. Remember, if no one in an area buys these goods, then the sellers are less likely to return.

“If you have been offered goods for sale in this manner and have felt that the callers have over stepped the mark with their sales technique, please call 101 to report them.

“You may be robust enough to send such callers on their way, more vulnerable people in the area may not be, so please look out for your neighbours and friends.”

You can report such incidents by calling 101, the police non-emergency number.

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