Two arrests after vigilant villager calls police
TWO men were arrested after a vigilant villager in Wickwar alerted police about salesmen calling on vulnerable elderly people.
Police had asked villagers to be on alert after receiving reports during November and December of doorstep salesmen calling in areas where there had been burglaries.
On January 4 police were called by a resident and arrested two men in Wickwar High Street.
A 20-year-old man and a man aged 30, both from Nottingham, were later charged with acting as a pedlar without a licence.
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They were released on police bail with conditions not to enter South Gloucestershire and are due before Northavon Magistrates later this month.
Neighbourhood Inspector Andy Workman said: "We rely on local people being our eyes and ears, reporting any suspicious activity.
"I always say if you are in any doubt, give us a shout. If anyone calls at your home unexpectedly, don't open the door without putting the chain and asking for identification. "Genuine callers will expect you to check their ID and most utility companies now run password schemes to prove they are who they say they are. If you're not sure about a caller, don't open the door."