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No cold calling zones set up

by Laura Johnston

Two new No Cold Calling Zones have been set up in Knowsley to support local communities.

The areas have been established in Woolfall Heath in Huyton and Halsnead Park Homes Site in Whiston.

Both areas have been subject to persistent cold calling by various traders, including rogue traders and bogus callers.

175 properties across the two zones will now display high-visibility ‘No Cold Calling’ signage and residents are encouraged to contact Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team if traders ignore the warnings.

The establishment of the two No Cold Calling Zones comes as Knowsley Council supports Operation Rogue Trader, a nationwide day of action to protect communities from unscrupulous people who prey on vulnerable residents.

John Flaherty, Knowsley Council’s Director of Place, said:

“We have worked closely with our partner agencies to carry out a range of activities to support our communities as part of Operation Rogue Trader.

“The two new No Cold Calling Zones we have set up will really help those communities to warn off cold callers and give residents advice on how to deal with callers to their home and where they can get more help.

“No resident should ever be made to feel vulnerable in their own home and we will take all available enforcement action against any rogue trader who preys on residents.”

Advice for residents about cold callers from Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team:

*Don’t open the door if you don’t know the caller
*Always ask to see people’s identification
*If they don’t have ID, don’t let them in
*Ring the organisation the caller claims to represent if you are unsure about them
*Keep the key chain on the door when you are talking to callers
*Close and lock the back door before you answer the front door
*Don’t be distracted by callers asking for a drink of water or to use your toilet
*Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home
*Ask someone you trust for support

Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of any doorstep offender or rogue trader should ring 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111