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Seasalter: 'Bogus' cold callers prompt police warning in Whitstable

By Lydia Chantler-Hicks

Whitstable residents are urged to be vigilant after reports of bogus cold callers targeting homes in Seasalter.

Two men knocked on the doors of a number of park homes in the Seasalter Lane area yesterday afternoon, and offered to carry out work.

Both men were described as being white and in their late 20s or early 30s.

Park homes in the Seasalter Lane area were targeted
Park homes in the Seasalter Lane area were targeted

One had dark hair, a tattoo on his neck and was wearing a round-necked jumper.

The second man had fair hair, and was wearing a fawn-coloured top, trousers and army-style coat and walked 'bow-legged'.

Police attended the site, where they spoke to residents and notified the site owners.

Sgt Lee Thompson of the Canterbury community safety unit said: ‘The men told residents they were employees of the site owner, but this was not the case.

"We would always advise people not to buy at the door and never to let people they don’t know into their home.

"Always check the identity of anyone knocking at your door. Phone the company they are representing and confirm they are legitimate.

"Genuine callers won’t mind. If you are in any doubt ask them to come back at a time when you have a chance to have someone with you.

"If you want work done, discuss it with a friend or family member who can help you find a reputable trader.

"Don’t agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Don’t be pressured into having any work carried out and never pay cash up front and or go to the bank or cash point with a trader."

If you recognise the descriptions of the two men, please call police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 10-0886.

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