Cold callers warned off

The “aggressive and bullish behaviour” of a cold caller at a mid-Norfolk sheltered home complex has left elderly residents feeling shaken and vulnerable.

The “aggressive and bullish behaviour” of a cold-caller at a mid-Norfolk sheltered home complex has left elderly residents feeling shaken and vulnerable.

For several days, a man from Southern Electrics knocked at bungalows in Spencers Close, North Elmham, telling people aged 70 and above that he knew how much they were paying, that it was too much and if they handed over bank

details to set up a direct debit they could pay less.

He refused to give his name to residents.

Now the company who owns the complex, Peddars Way Housing, is distributing stickers asking cold-callers to stay away.

Harold Snape, 75, who lives in Spencers Close, said: “He was so aggressive and bullish. It was horrible. I'm one of the youngest here and I found it intimidating.”

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Leslie Graham, group older peoples' service manager for Peddars Way Housing, said: “We would ask all cold-callers to contact the scheme co-ordinator or Peddars Way before knocking on the doors of elderly tenants.”

Southern Electrics, part of Scottish and Southern Energy, were unavailable for comment.

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