‘No cold calling’ bid to protect residents

A SCHEME to crack down on rogue traders and uninvited doorstep sellers could soon be introduced.

Following increased reports of cold calling and recommendations by Suffolk police, Needham Market Town Council is looking into launching No Cold Calling Zones (NCCZ’s) in the town.

Town council clerk Kevin Hunter said he was making inquiries with Suffolk County Council and Suffolk’s Trading Standards team to get a better understanding of the details involved in the scheme.

He said Quinton Road and Hargrave Avenue had frequently been cited as problem areas and would be a main focus.

Sgt Neil Paterson, of Stowmarket and Mid Suffolk South Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “In the Needham Market area there have been incidents of a broadband company cold calling, which led to Trading Standards and the town council becoming involved.

“The police will support any initiative that will reduce crime and would be in support of a scheme if launched in Needham Market, however, any enforcement would be done by Trading Standards.”

There are currently more than 25 NCCZ’s in Suffolk, with the first one launched in Ipswich in 2009.