Doorstep con

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A police inspector has issued a warning to people over con-artists who pose as doorstep sellers to trick their way into homes.

Inspector Russell Dakin, of the Community Safety team in Amber Valley, said people should always ask to see a person’s pedlars’ certificate and use security measures – such as door chains – to combat such crimes.

He said: “While we don’t want to scare people unnecessarily, we are asking people to take precautions.”