Warning over doorstep salesmen

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RESIDENTS are being warned to be aware of men knocking on doors and trying to sell cleaning products.

The two men, believed to be aged between 17 and 18 years old, have been calling on homeowners in the Fens and Throston areas of Hartlepool and attempting to sell them goods.

The teenagers, who have no identification, have claimed that they are on probation for committing crimes and that a probation officer has arranged the work to get them on the “straight and narrow”.

But the Probation Service has informed Hartlepool Borough Council’s Trading Standards Department that there is no such scheme in place.

A spokeswoman for the Ringmaster Community Messaging Service – which links Cleveland Police, the council, Probation and other services to combat crime – said: “Two young men have been knocking at doors in the Throston and Fens areas of Hartlepool over the past few days, attempting to sell cleaning products.

“One man is about 5ft 10ins tall and the other is 5ft 6ins, and both have local accents. They claim to be on probation and say that their probation officer has arranged the work to help them get on the straight and narrow.

“They carry no id and the Probation Service has told trading standards that there is no such officer or scheme in existence. Do not buy anything or allow them the opportunity to get into your home.”

If they are in your area please contact the police on (01642) 326326.