Halvergate Marshes

Residents are being urged to be vigilant following reports of suspected rogue traders operating in the Rackheath and Thorpe St Andrew areas.

Police have received reports of people cold calling at addresses and offering to carry out garden clearance work. The suspects have been targeting elderly and vulnerable residents and charging excessive fees for the sub-standard work.

PCSO Paul McAllister said: "Remember that you do not have to open your door to cold callers. Close and lock your back door before answering the front door. If you do not recognise the person, speak through the closed and locked door. If they are selling something or offering to do any work on your house or garden, tell them you are not interested and ask them to leave. If they persist tell them you will call the police and call us on 999. If you have any doubt – keep them out.”

Our colleagues at Norfolk County Council's Trading Standards advise that residents should never agree to buy goods from, or have work done, by someone that calls unannounced at their door, or approaches them on the street.

Often such traders don't provide full names, trading addresses or contact telephone numbers, resulting in it being virtually impossible to trace them if there are any problems with the work or goods.

Anyone feeling threatened by a cold caller should call 999 immediately.

Anyone with information about suspected rogue traders should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.