Cold-calling men have goods seized

TRADERS attempting to cold-call in a Dales village had their goods confiscated after they were found to not have pedlar’s certificates.

The two men had been knocking on doors at homes in Eyam and trying to sell household goods when the police were called.

Residents had become concerned last Wednesday afternoon after the men were not able to show identification when they were asked.

A 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, were reported for summons for peddling without the certificates.

PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Hathersage Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Door to door selling is legitimate providing traders can provide a valid pedlar’s certificate, which are issued by the police and last for 12 months.

“Residents were right to be cautious and to ask for ID, and we would advise people to always follow the ‘Stop, Chain Check’ process.”

The process advises people not to answer the door immediately and check through a window if they are not expecting visitors, to have a door chain fitted and always check for ID.