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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Warning of bogus house-to-house callers in Barrow

CUMBRIA Probation Trust and Cumbria Police have issued a warning to people in Barrow about bogus house-to-house callers.

In a recent incident, a homeowner answered the door to a young man who had a laminated ID card with the Cumbria Probation Trust logo on it.

He then attempted to sell household goods such as tea towels, flannels and dishcloths, saying he was doing it as part of his probation order.

Sarah Ward, director of operations at Cumbria Probation Trust, said the trust does not provide this service.

She said: “We want to make it absolutely clear that Cumbria Probation Trust would never get involved in any such activity.

“We do not have people knocking on doors or cold-calling to sell anything to the public.

“The stories these individuals tell can range from claiming they are on a course run by Probation to raise their confidence, to saying they have been told by Probation to do it as a means of improving their employment prospects.”

Residents who receive an approach of this kind are advised to politely refuse to purchase anything and to contact Cumbria Police immediately by calling 101.

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