Be wary when you open the door to a stranger...

Chief Insp Laura Lawler (below) warns the public to be on the look out for rogue traders.
Chief Insp Laura Lawler (below) warns the public to be on the look out for rogue traders.
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Members of the public are warned to be on their guard after a crackdown on rogue traders across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

More than 6,500 homes across Lancashire were visited by police last week as part of an operation to target illegal traders and pushy doorstep sellers, and to highlight the dangers of letting door step salesman over the threshold.

Chief Insp Laura Lawler warns the public to be on the look out for rogue traders.

Chief Insp Laura Lawler warns the public to be on the look out for rogue traders.

In Blackpool, two people have been arrested for conning a woman out of around £10,000 in the space of five days in South Shore.

Blackpool’s Chief Insp Laura Lawler has hailed the week-long campaign a success in the resort and is urging people to report anyone they feel is suspicious on their doorstep.

She said: “We want people to be careful when they are opening the door.

“We know people can look respectable on the outside, but you don’t know who you are dealing with.

“Our advice is to always check the identification of people doing work for you. Anyone who is suspicious should be reported to us. If they have writing on their vehicle, tell us about it as well as the registration number. Give us a description of the person on your doorstep and let us know as soon as possible.”

Chief Insp Lawler said it was important for neighbours of elderly people to keep an eye on who’s knocking on doors in the area.

She added: “Keep an eye out if people are in gardens or acting out of the ordinary.”

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