No-go zone for droorstep sellers

A STREET in Weston has become an official no-go zone for nuisance doorstep sellers. Residents of Beaumont Close are so concerned

A STREET in Weston has become an official no-go zone for nuisance doorstep sellers.Residents of Beaumont Close are so concerned about the problem of uninvited doorstep traders, whether they are genuine or not, that they have worked with North Somerset Council to completely ban them.The scheme is being supported by the police and A3 signs have been put up at the street entrance. The signs display the warnings 'no uninvited doorstep sellers' and 'entering onto private property in that area will constitute trespass'.People living in the street say some residents have fallen victim to high pressure sale techniques, often been 'pressure-sold' goods and services they do not want.Incidents of doorstep crime and distraction burglaries have also taken place and police say criminals posing as traders often use doorstep visits to gather information.The Beaumont Close Residents' Association worked with the council's trading standards department and police to start the scheme, which was launched on Monday.* Pictured: David Austin, chairman of the residents' association, unveils one of the new signs. He is being watched by neighbours, trading standards chief Derek Wilkins and crime reduction officer PC Steve Burrough.


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