Po­lice warn of Knock­ers group

Ped­lars are ‘in­tim­i­dat­ing and pres­suris­ing’ peo­ple

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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