Campaign against cold calls

RESIDENTS are getting help to combat cold callers.

Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary are supporting residents in Berwick Chase, Peterlee, in setting up a Cold Calling Awareness Zone.

The project is aimed at helping residents to avoid being bothered by cold callers and to giving them the confidence to say no if they are approached.

As part of the scheme, residents will be given an information pack explaining how the scheme works along with a sticker for their door which will inform cold callers that they are not welcome.

Lamp-post signs will also be put up in the street to make it clear that the area is a Cold Calling Awareness Zone.

The new zone will be officially launched by local Durham County councillor Audrey Laing on Friday, March 30, in Berwick Chase at 10am.

Trading standards officers from the council will also be there to give people an information pack on doorstep crime, distraction burglaries and bogus callers, including how to avoid becoming a victim.

Joanne Waller, head of environment, health and consumer protection at the council, said: “Working in partnership with the police we are keen to help residents take control of dealing with unwanted cold callers at the door.

“The Cold Calling Awareness Zone is set up to give residents the confidence to say no and to send a message to cold callers that they are not welcome.”