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Goods seized from man trading without pedlar's certificate in Youlgrave

Posted on 1st September 2017

Officers on patrol in Youlgrave seized the goods of a man who had been trading door to door.

PC Linda Hancock and PCSO Anthony Boswell of the Stanton, Youlgrave and White Peak Villages Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team stopped the man on Holywell Lane at around 2.20pm on Tuesday, August 29.

The28 year old, from Ilkeston, was reported for peddling without a certificate and the items he was selling, which included cleaning and household goods, were seized.

A pedlars certificate is a certificate that allows a person to trade whilst on foot. Pedlars can travel from door to door, place to place or town to town.

PCSO Anthony Boswell, of the Stanton, Youlgrave and White Peak Villages Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Door-to-door selling is fine if the salespeople have the proper certificates but if they don't, the chances are they are not legitimate.

“It is a good opportunity to remind people about doorstep security advice, where the most important advice is if you don’t know who is at the door, don’t open it. If you do, always use the door chain and make sure any other doors and windows are locked before opening it.”

PCSO Boswell added: “Check the identity of any caller. Ask to see a pedlar’s certificate if they want you to buy items at the door, or if they claim to be working for a company or organisation confirm their identity by calling the place they say they work using a number from the telephone directory or a bill.”

To report any suspicious activity contact Derbyshire police by calling 101, the non-emergency number, except in an emergency when the number is always 999.

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