Door-to-door trader banished from North Yorkshire and summonsed to court
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A suspected rogue door-to-door seller has been summonsed to court and given a dispersal order banning him from operating anywhere in North Yorkshire.
Police acted on concerns about a rise in aggressive and suspicious door-to-door traders, who were calling at homes in the Ripon area uninvited.
During village patrols, two PCSOs found the man from Teesside operating in Grewelthorpe.
When officers made further enquiries, a number of other things concerned then including his reason for being in the area.
He has been issued with a dispersal notice covering all of North Yorkshire. He was also reported for summons regarding the certificate and is due to appear in court at a later date.
A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Many legitimate organisations use doorstep sellers.
“But some criminals also use this tactic to catch victims off guard, get personal information or gain entry to people’s homes.
“Knowing how to respond could prevent you from becoming a victim, so we’re sharing the following information to help people make informed choices if someone knocks on their door.”
Here’s how to deal with doorstep callers:
When answering the door, use a peephole or door chain if you have one. Never invite a stranger who calls unannounced into your home.
If a caller is legitimate, they will be happy for your to check their identity. Ask for ID and call their company. To verify a police officer’s identity, you can call 101.
Take your time to make decisions about buying – ask for contact details so you can get back to them when you’ve had a think. Research the price elsewhere.
Never give out personal information and don’t feel bad about saying no and closing the door.
If you have concerns about doorstep callers where you live or have been visited by someone you think may be bogus, please tell us using the ‘report it’ link on the North Yorkshire Police website or by calling the force on 101.
If someone calls at your home, becomes aggressive and you fear for your safety, call 999 immediately.