ADVICE: Beware of cold callers selling door to door

ADVICE: Beware of cold callers selling door to door

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 3:45pm 15th January 2020.

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Police have had reports of hawkers in Winterslow, who claimed to be part of a rehabilitation scheme.

Officers tell us they've had calls about incidents earlier today (Wednesday 15th January), where two men were going door to door in the area.

They're alleged to have been trying to sell cleaning products to people.

Homes were being targeted in Winterslow


One man, who's 21 and from Hartlepool has been arrested on suspicion of operating without a pedlar's licence.

He's been taken to custody at Melksham.

Another man, aged 20 from Middlebrough, has been reported to be summonsed to court for the same offence.

Police also seized some cleaning products from a group of men, as well as some blank documentation.

Nottingham Knockers Cold Callers Documentation Winterslow January 2020
Police seized paperwork like this, that would have been used to claim cold callers were part of a rehab scheme

Sergeant Steve Jolly, from Salisbury Community Policing Team, said: 

"We want to remind people that these types of callers are not from any official scheme or rehabilitation programme and what they are doing could be illegal. You should always ask to see valid identification and if you have any concerns please call the police.

"We know that some of the more vulnerable members of our communities, including the elderly, can feel pressured to buy from these callers, so everyone can do their bit to make sure their neighbours are safe."


Here's some of the tips from officers to keep us safe:

  • Most people that call at your home will be genuine. But sometimes, people turn up unannounced, with the intention of distracting you and tricking their way into your home to steal money or valuables or sell you something you do not want or need
  • If offenders are trying to sell you something on your doorstep, often cleaning products, they have been known to claim they are part of a rehabilitation scheme or similar arranged by probation services - this is not the case
  • People should never feel pressured into buying something on their doorstep, whether it is goods or a service. We would urge people to contact the police if they feel threatened or intimidated
  • If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, it might be worth popping over to check they are OK, if you have had cold callers visit your house
  • An official visitor will always arrange an appointment with you before and will not turn up unannounced
  • Our advice will always be to not open the door to anyone you don't know or are not expecting. Always check by using a spy-hole or look through a window
  • If you have any concerns you can report them by alerting the police via 101
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