Police warn of Knockers group
Pedlars are ‘intimidating and pressurising’ people
Traditionally, the Nottingham Knockers go door to door, selling dusters cloths and tea towels, although it could be anything that they are selling.
They get their name because the phenomenon originally began with sellers travelling from Nottingham, but now the pedlars could be from any area.
On Friday, October 30, police said several males were going door to door in the Wilton Road area, flashingIDathomeowners and ignoring anti-cold caller stickers on people’s doors.
Police are concerned that people find the group intimidating and are pressurised into buying items from them.
Lucy Price, of BeaconsfieldandGerrards Cross neighbourhood police team, said: “Door to door sellers, or their correct term pedlars, require a permit which they get from the Chief Constable from the area they live in.
“The permit lasts for a year. Often they present a home made permit that has been printed off from the net and, as most people do not know what a real permit looks like, they think they are genuine.
“Regardless of whether they show you a permit, real or not, I would like you to call the police.
“You do not need to tell them you are calling the police. Just say ‘no thanks’ or don’t answer the door, and call us on 101. We will then come out and do the rest. We take all of their details, check them out and will deal with any offences. This is how you can help us and we will do the rest.”
Police can also provide people with stickers for their front doors to put a stop to cold callers, which they say are effective in stopping the majority of cold callers.