Reminder on doorstep callers after to incidents in Derbyshire

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Police are advising Derbyshire residents to protect themselves from doorstep callers following two unrelated incidents yesterday (Monday).

In Horsley, at around 6.30pm a man claimed he was a released young offender and offered goods from a bag. He is described as being white with a pale complexion, around 24-years-old, around 5’5” tall, wearing a beanie hat, a black coat, and carrying an Adidas bag.

And in the Windermere Road area in Chesterfield at around 11.50am, a man riding a white mountain bike appeared to be targeting elderly persons bungalows trying to sell door bells. He is described as being white, in his 40s, around 5’9” tall, bald head, medium build, wearing a blue puffa jacket and dark trousers. In similar previous incidents across Chesterfield the bells were considered to be of poor quality.

Community Safety Inspector Russ Dakin said: “I would like to encourage residents to remain cautious and to report any suspicious activity to us on 101 to help us to prevent a crime from happening.

“If someone calls at your door, always ask for identification and if they are selling goods, ask for their pedlar’s certificate. Remember, genuine callers will not mind assisting while you make these checks.

“Do not feel pressured into buying from a caller. Question whether you really need the goods or services they are offering and don’t be obliged to buy or sign up to anything on the spot. You may get a better deal if you shop around or get alternative quotes.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.