Warning - 'Nottingham Knockers' are in the area

If you read the weekly Trading Standards emails published on the Warnings page of the website you'll have heard of Nottingham Knockers - there was a warning about them in the update of 16 December 2016. See below.

Today, 11 January, at 5pm a fat and jolly man, about 35, with a shaved head and goatee, called at my door, showing me an ID card with a Nottingham address. He said he was an exconvict trying to improve himself by selling things, and asked me not to shout at him to go away. I didn't, was polite and smilingly said I wouldn't be buying anything from him. He politely and in a friendly manner said goodbye.

On the morning of 20 December a man of about 30 years old called on me, described himself as an ex-convict and was selling goods from a large rucksack. I told him I wasn't interested and asked him to leave. He was rude about me within earshot as he left. We live down a lane off the Aldeburgh road in Aldringham, and rarely have uninvited callers. He also called on friends a little further north, again off the main road. He may have been perfectly legitimate, but as Trading Standards advise I called the police on 101. Be alert, don't let these people in your house and don't pay them cash. This is the extract and warnings from Trading Standards.

Nottingham Knockers

We have received a report of Nottingham Knockers in Hundon. If you receive a call at your door, call Suffolk Police on 101.

What are Nottingham Knockers? - You may know this group as ‘the duster sellers’. They are normally young men that turn up on your doorstep with a huge black holdall full of cleaning products ranging from tea towels, dishcloths and dusters to sprays, polishes and even small clothing items. Initially they all came from the Nottingham area, obtaining their goods from a warehouse at Clifton just outside of Nottingham and they then come ‘knocking’ on your door to trade, hence the term ‘Nottingham Knockers’.

Unfortunately not only are they after selling you poor quality items at highly inflated prices they are also checking out suitable targets for details to be sold onwards to professional burglars.

The sellers may say that they are on a “rehabilitation course” arranged by probation services or other organisations trying to find people work. This is not the case and often they are known criminals. Probation services do not run such schemes.

They may show a card which claims to be a pedlars licence or work permit. They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.

REMEMBER:

  • · Do Not deal with Nottingham Knockers
  • · Do Not allow Nottingham Knockers into your home
  • · Do Not pay CASH on the doorstep

Be aware of Nottingham Knockers visiting your neighbourhood and report any such activity immediately to police. By doing this you may well prevent another person falling into the cycle of repeated visits and cash hand overs.

 

By Louise Chadwick on January 11th, 2017

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