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27th Jun, 2022

Pensioner forks out £30 to get rid of aggressive cold-caller

A COLD caller pressurised an elderly householder to pay over £30 for a pair of oven gloves.

The salesman initially tried to sell the Alcester resident the gloves, dusters and a fridge freshener for £65 when he called at his home in the town on Saturday February 24, at around 3.30pm.

The pushy salesman became aggressive when the pensioner refused, and he eventually bought the gloves.

It was the latest in a string of such calls in the area.

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.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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