Message sent byDarren Guy (Police, PCSO, Hart District)
Police have received a number of reports that ‘Nottingham Knockers’ were operating across Fleet and Church Crookham yesterday (Friday 19th August 2016)
Throughout the day on Friday, Police received several 101 calls from residents reporting that they had been visited by the ‘Nottingham Knockers’ We are therefore writing to make you aware of this group, what you can do to prevent this, and how you can best assist us with stopping and dealing with offences being committed.
Who are they?
Nottingham Knockers are usually young men who go door to door, selling household products. They are dropped off early in the morning in a particular location by a large van and are then transported around that area throughout the day until approx 2100hrs. They will offer to show you ID which will likely be ‘Hawkers Work Creation’ and say they have just been released from prison. This company does not actually exist and is purely a laminated piece of card with their picture on. They will be carrying a large holdall style bag which contains various household items at high prices and will try and hard sell to make more money. They will also tell you about how they are trying to make a better life.
Yesterday we had a number of calls from residents stating that upon telling these people they were not interested and did not buy at the door, they have been subjected to verbal abuse and threats to cause criminal damage from the sellers. Police made several stop checks shortly after, and the people involved have been identified. We have been contacting residents that called us to identify which of the males made the threats.
Whenever you get an unexpected knock on the door, please check to see who is on the other side of your door before opening it. Either look through a side window, look through a spy hole, or simply ask out loud who it is. If you do not know them, establish who they are and what they are there for before you open the door. Please remember if the cold caller sales are unsuccessful, they are unlikely to return in future. If you do experience any verbal abuse and feel intimidated by the person, please call 101 and tell us what was said, and a description of the person.
Thank you for your cooperation. Please report any other suspicious activity to Police via 101, or call 999 in an emergency.
Fleet Neighbourhood Policing Team