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Police warn south Norfolk residents following cold callers in the area

Residents in south Norfolk are being urged to be vigilant following reports of suspected cold callers operating in the area.

The warning comes after officers received a number of reports of men cold calling at addresses in Poringland and other areas in the region within the past week, offering generators and cleaning products for sale door to door.

Superintendent Chris Harvey said: "Please remember you do not have to open your door to cold callers. 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.

Police are urging residents to be vigilant against cold calling rogue traders.
Police are urging residents to be vigilant against cold calling rogue traders.

"Lockdown guidelines mean door to door sales should not be carried out and sales activities should be undertaken remotely (such as by phone, online or mail).

"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 should 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 traders do not provide full names, trading addresses or contact details, making it virtually impossible to trace them if there are problems with the work or goods.

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