Police and Trading Standards are concerned about reports that young men are attempting to sell household supplies such as tea-towels and dusters etc by knocking at homes in the Borough and claiming they are recently out of prison and trying to make a living.
The goods are of poor quality but some householders are convinced to make a donation because the men claim this is part of a Probation Service initiative to help them stay on the straight and narrow.
The Probation Service do NOT run such initiatives.
If you get a visit from such individuals, who will usually have a large black bag with them containing the goods, you are reminded that you do not have to open the door to anyone and if you do, keep the door chain on. If you do not wish to look at the goods or speak to the person just say that you do not deal with anyone at doorstep and shut your door. Do not engage them in conversation.
Please make a note of the person’s appearance, any accent, and any distinguishing clothing and telephone the Police non-emergency number, 101, to report the matter.