COLD callers have been intimidating householders in and around Alcester.
Several reports of men going door-to-door were made over the weekend in the town and in surrounding villages.
In Great Alne one caller told residents he had recently come out of prison. He was stopped by police and reported for not having a pedlar’s licence. His bag and the contents were seized as evidence.
Others became abusive when turned away or challenged.
A police spokesperson said: “Cold calling to sell goods door to door is not illegal, however, people doing so should be in possession of a pedlar’s licence.
“We always advise not to buy from cold callers. Remember, if no one in an area buys, then the sellers are less likely to return.
“You may be robust enough to send such callers on their way, but more vulnerable people in the are may not be, so please look out for your neighbours and friends.”
Residents took to social media to warn others in the area.
Anyone with information including the registration number of a silver car, seen picking up some of the callers in Hopkins Precinct, Alcester, should email alc[email protected] or call police on 101.