Published: May 22, 2008
Burnham-On-Sea police arrest cold caller in town

Burnham-On-Sea police have this week arrested a 22-year-old man from Coventry on suspicion of offences related to cold calling in the town.

On Tuesday (May 20th) the man was arrested when Burnham PCSO Andy Dancy, pictured, noticed him acting suspiciously by dropping leaflets through local residents' doors. He subsequently received a formal caution for 'fraud by false representation'.

PCSO Dancy told "We would like residents to remain vigilant against cold callers and keep an eye out on behalf of vulnerable neighbours."

"We advise that you don't have any work carried out by cold callers and obtain at least three quotes from three different companies. Ask family and friends for recommendations and be aware of some of the offences that rogue traders often commit."

It is an offence to not give a written quote if work costs over £35; not have the business name and address on paperwork; not give a week for potential clients to reflect on whether they want to the work to be carried out; imply work needs to be carried out when it doesn't; and not carry out the work that they claim to have done.


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