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Nottingham Knockers

Over the last 2 days in Amersham and the Chalfonts we have received a large number of calls around doorstep sellers or Nottingham Knockers as they are commonly called. A number of calls received were complaining of the aggressive nature of these people. 

I spoke to Mrs H about her experience who said “At about 1740, there was a really loud noise at my door. It wasn’t a knock, it was thumping on the glass so I guessed who it was.
I opened the front door and the male hadn’t knocked on the porch door (which most people do). He was banging the glass on the internal door.

I get the impression that he was really trying to intimidate me. He tried to get into my personal space and said that he had recently been released from prison, and he had been put on a scheme by probation. He also said that a police officer had just bought a chamois leather from him. He was really persistent. I told him three times that I wasn’t interested. 

I was concerned about his bullying tactics with the elderly neighbours.”

From this you can see the tactics that are being used. The intimidation banging on the glass rather than the door, the mention of having been in prison and getting in the victims personal space. The tactic of legitimising the behaviour by saying probation had put him on a scheme and that a police officer had bought some items from him.

Aggressive behaviour
The law states that a trader who ignores a resident's request to leave and not return commits a criminal offence under the provisions of The Consumer Protection From Unfair Trading Regulations 2008. 

Cold Callers and Rogue Traders
Cold calling is the act of making uninvited visits to your home with the intention of selling goods or services. It is not illegal and does not require a licence. Under the Peddlars Act a doorstop sellers should obtain a permit from the local police station. It is common for a gang to target an area and for groups to then be picked up later on in the day. There have been concerns that this can lead to vulnerable persons and addresses being identified and later targeted.

Cold calling doorstep traders who target the elderly and vulnerable cause most concern. They offer services like roofing, block paving, guttering, painting and gardening. There are, of course, plenty of reputable traders offering a range of services but they can still be a nuisance if they cold call against your wishes. Any trader that puts you under pressure by falsely implying that you have to make a decision there and then, or that the "special price" is only available for a limited period in order to make you sign up, is committing an offence.

Stop Cold Calling sticker packs and Zones
You can express your request not to receive visits from cold calling doorstep traders by taking part in Buckinghamshire and Surreys Trading Standards ‘No cold calling sticker scheme’. The packs include door and window stickers which can be stuck up outside peoples addresses and will act as a deterrent to unwanted callers. There is also an indoor sticker to remind people of where they can report these traders to.

Sticker packs can be obtained from them or your local police station. I have also been in touch with the C&SB District Councils Community Safety Team who will assist roads in creating ‘No door step trader zones’ if the majority of your street is in agreement.

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If you are looking for work it is recommended that you get recommendations or consider Trading Standards approved contractors on 
Buywithconfidence.gov.uk and CheckaTrade.com


Hopefully this will help you in dealing with such people and make you aware of the associated risks to you and your neighbours.


To get started, simply download your FREE Home Security Guide from the Thames Valley Police website here:  https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/advice/home-security-guide/

The guide contains lots of hints and tips including:

  • A range of physical and digital security measures to protect your home
  • How to avoid invalidating your home insurance through poor security
  • A handy checklist for when you go away.

Being burgled is a traumatic experience. It’s not just the financial cost of replacing stolen items, but also the emotional impact of feeling violated after a stranger has been in your home.

In this short video, Jennifer and Sam talk about how they were affected after their home was burgled. You can watch the video on the Thames Valley Police YouTube channel here: 
https://youtu.be/aY9eBeaQeA0


By working together we can build community resilience to deter burglars from targeting homes in the area


In Support of Dementia Action Week , South Bucks District Council and Buckinghamshire County Council are running a free Dementia Friends Information session on Wednesday 22nd May at South Buckinghamshire Golf Course between 2.30-4pm and are looking for local people to come along.

Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, talks and acts about the condition. There are currently approximately 850,000 people living with dementia in England.

Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts. 

If you would like to book onto the session please visit: southbucksdementiafriends.eventbrite.co.uk/

For further information please contact: Community@chilternandsouthbucks.gov.uk


AMERSHAM SPIRITUALIST CENTRE

We meet on Friday nights at 7:30pm at the Village Hall in White Lion Road, Amersham Common. Directions.

We have a different medium each week who will connect you to your departed loved ones and demonstrate that your spirit never dies. See the What's On page on our web site for details of upcoming mediums.

At the start of the service, we have a brief spiritual healing and meditation session to help you wind-down from your busy week, ready for the weekend.

There is no specific charge for the service or for healing, but we are happy to receive your free-will donations during the service.

We are a friendly group who have been meeting in Amersham for 30 years and we look forward to giving you a warm welcome when you come to see us.

You can follow us on facebook by clicking this link.

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