November 25, 2010
Police step up fight against rogue traders in Burnham-On-Sea area
cold-calling schemes are being set-up by police in rural areas
near Burnham-On-Sea this month to help protect residents from
rogue door-to-door traders.
new zones are being launched in Mark, Blackford and Wedmore after
successes in other villages such as Brent Knoll and East Huntspill
in the Burnham area.
Pete Wills, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The 'No Cold
Calling' Schemes have worked well, with a number of people arrested
and checked by officers."
want to bring the scheme out to the rural areas and offer the
same level of protection. The rural areas have strong communities
and this type of scheme will help those who are vulnerable feel
safer knowing that everyone is looking out for rogue traders."
"Saying no to people is not always the easiest thing in the
world to do, especially if you are on your own and confronted
by a stranger at the door. The winter and spring are times that
people may call, offering gardening services or building works
at knocked down prices in return for cash."
added: "The law now protects people from cold callers, with
legislation in place to allow the police and other agencies to
deal with rogue traders. What we do need is your help to identify
these people and deal with them so that they do not target other
say residents who receive unwanted caller at their door selling
or offering services should call 0845 456 7000 and be ready with
a description of the person/people as well as a car registration