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Do you know who you're opening your door to?

13 Feb 2018 11:00 AM

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Do you know who you are opening your door to?

Ten people have been questioned in relation to reports of bogus callers in West Tynedale.

Earlier this month, police received a number of reports regarding potential pedlars and bogus callers and are reminding householders to be vigilant.

Police investigated the reports and have questioned 10 men in connection with the incidents and enquiries are ongoing.

Neighbourhood Inspector Pam Bridges, from Northumbria Police, is reminding the public to be cautious when answering the door.

She said: “If someone comes to your door asking you to purchase items from them, please do not be pressured into buying from them. You have the right to ask them to leave and ask if they have a valid Pedlar’s Certificate.

“Use security measures such as looking through a spy hole or window, or use a door chain, to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them, speak through the closed and locked door. Never be afraid to ask for identification and never let anyone into your home who you are unsure about.

”We want to reassure the public that we take these types of crimes very seriously and actively investigate any reports.

“I would like to thank those that called in and reported the potential incidents and we ask the public to continue to help by keeping an eye out for neighbours and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Door-to-door sellers must hold a certificate under the Pedlars Act 1871. A Pedlar’s Certificate is granted by the police and paid for by the seller. It allows the person named and photographed on the licence to sell anywhere in the UK for one year from the date of purchase. A Pedlar's Certificate is in no way an indication that the goods for sale are of merchantable quality.