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Officers warn licensed premises to be alert to rogue traders selling health and safety products

Posted on 3rd December 2014

Police are warning the licensed premise community to be aware of rogue traders following an incident in Swadlincote.

Officers recently received a report from a licenced premise in Woodville where a woman claiming to work for the local Environmental Health Department was attempting to sell Health and Safety signs.

The woman tried to sell other merchandise along with the signs and claimed that the Licensee requires them by law.

On this occasion the Licensee asked for identification from the woman, she did not produce any and left the premises.

A similar report from a separate incident in South Derbyshire also describes the same female operating in the same manner.

The suspect is described as white, approx 5ft 7ins, with brown hair worn in a messy bun and of a slim build. She was wearing a horse rider’s chequered jacket and is described as having a faint Irish accent.

PC Kelvin Hannah, Licensing Enforcement Officer for D Division said: “We would like to make Licensee’s aware of this particular type of rogue trader and ask them to report any suspicious persons or activities to us as soon as possible.

“Rogue trading comes in various forms and this is just another attempt at someone trying to make fast money by alarming people under false circumstances.

 “A trader commits a criminal offence if they make false claims about who they are or work for.”

To report any suspicious activity to the police call 101, or if you think a crime is being committed then call 999.

For further information and advice about rogue traders contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06.

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