Cold callers arrested in Old Sodbury
Two men were arrested after police were alerted to suspicious doorstep callers in Old Sodbury.
A 23-year-old from Hartlepool and a 21-year-old from Cardiff were targeting residents in Chapel Lane and were arrested on Friday.
The arrests follow a successful campaign by police to alert residents after reports of doorstep salesmen having called in areas where there had been burglaries.
Police advised householders to ask to see a pedlar's licence if anyone cold-called to sell goods and to call them if they were at all suspicious.
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Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Workman said: "We were called shortly before 1pm and were told a man was calling on homes in Old Chapel Lane.
"Officers searched the area and arrested a man nearby at 1.20pm. A second man was arrested in Colts Green at 1.45pm."
The two men were later charged with acting as a pedlar without a licence.
They were released on bail with conditions not to sell door-to-door in South Gloucestershire and are due to appear before Northavon Magistrates later this month.
Inspector Workman added: "Having calls from local people reporting their suspicions like this really helps us. If anyone calls at your home unexpectedly, don't open the door without putting the chain on and asking for identification.
"If you are suspicious it's worth giving us a call – you might be positive about turning them away but vulnerable elderly people might be less confident. Our message is if you're not sure about a caller, don't open the door."