Police issue warning about rogue traders in Great Yarmouth

Picture: James Bass

Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

Great Yarmouth residents have been urged to be vigilant following reports of suspected rogue traders in the area.

Police have received reports of men cold calling at addresses and offering to carry out building maintenance work, such as pressure washing.

The suspects have been charging excessive fees for the work, yet the work that is carried out is of sub-standard.

PC Andy Hunt said: 'Remember that you do not have to open your door to cold callers.

'Close and lock your back door before answering the front door. If you do not recognise the person, speak through the closed and locked door.

'If they are selling something or offering to do any work on your house or garden, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave.

'If they persist tell them you will call the police and call us on 999. If you have any doubt – keep them out.'

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Norfolk County Council's Trading Standards advise that residents never agree to buy goods from, or have work done, by someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

Often such traders don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods.

Anyone feeling threatened by a cold caller should call 999 immediately.

Anyone with information about suspected rogue traders should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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