Sevenoaks homeowners warned to beware of Nottingham Knockers
RESIDENTS of Sevenoaks have be told to be on their guard against doorstep sellers.
Kent Police have had reports the sellers, known as Nottingham Knockers, are now operating in the county.
They knock at doors and claim to be ex convicts attempting to mend their ways, before trying to sell everyday household products at very high prices.
Two weeks ago the Sevenoaks Chronicle reported the case of a vulnerable couple targted in a £4,000 gardening sting.
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Harry Smith from Oxfordshire faces a jail term when sentenced on June 1.
Police always advise residents to refrain from buying at the door, and not to buckle to pressure from salespeople offering supposedly one off buy-it-now 'low prices'.
However, often kind hearted residents feel they are helping the Nottingham Knockers to turn their lives around so agree to buy their wares.
In Essex, there was a recent burglary very soon after a visit from one of their sellers.
This would indicate that they are possibly using the excuse of door-to-door selling to get a closer look at properties, with a view to identifying suitable properties in the Essex area to burgle.
As a result, police advice is to be wary of door step sellers and always feel confident to say no.
Always use a door chain when answering the door as it then makes it easier to say no.