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New warning over rogue traders

PUBLISHED: 18:08 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 14:45 07 July 2010

Ian Clarke

A fresh warning was today issued to people on their guard against suspected rogue traders after another incident in the Dereham area.

A pedestrian was approached at about 11am at the war memorial in the Market Place at Foulsham and offered items for sale.

A fresh warning was today issued to people on their guard against suspected rogue traders after another incident in the Dereham area.

A pedestrian was approached at about 11am at the war memorial in the Market Place at Foulsham and offered items for sale.

The pedestrian refused and did not ask what the man was selling. But small boxes, possibly jewellery boxes, were noticed on the back seat of the car.

The trader was in a silver, left-hand drive vehicle. He did not get out of the car and drove off after speaking to the pedestrian.

The man is described as white, approximately 30 years old, with dark hair.

The incident follows reports of rogue traders in the past week in Great Witchingham, Sporle and Dereham.

They have tried to sell duvets and carry out work on driveways and windows.

Norfolk County Council's trading standards officers urge people never agree to have work done, or buy goods from, someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

Traders often don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods.

Such traders often ask for cash upfront, and do not offer the entitled seven-day cancellation rights also.

Anyone having problems with traders, or needing further advice, can call the national consumer helpline - Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Householders are reminded to double check the identity of anyone cold calling at their home and always ask for quotes and references before any work on your garden or home is carried out.

Always ask for identification from any unexpected callers and do not to let anyone in if you are not comfortable with who they are.

Councils and utilities companies will generally contact householders by telephone or letter if they plan to carry out repairs rather than make unsolicited calls.

*Anyone with information should contact the Operation Radar team - which specialises at Norfolk Constabulary on 0845 456 4567.

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