Police treating rogue trader incident as burglary

Police news.
Police news.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a rouge trader incident in Mareham le Fen which they are treating as a burglary.

Officers said during the early afternoon of Friday, an elderly resident in Main Street awoke from a doze to find a man had entered her house after climbing over a locked side gate. He was selling cleaning products door-to-door and pressured the lady into taking a few cheap cloths and kitchen sundries, which he then charged more £200 for.

The victim was distressed and fearful and paid the money to get the man out of the house, said police. Louth CID are treating the incident as a burglary.

Det Con Sarah Wright said: “A similar incident happened earlier this month on March 4 where a doorstep seller ‘sold’ cloths to a lady with severe dementia, taking money from her purse. I’m appealing to the public to look out for your elderly and vulnerable neighbours and report any suspicious activity. Traders can legally sell door-to-door provided they have the appropriate pedlars’ certificate but unscrupulous tactics are an offence and we will deal with offenders robustly.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Det Con Wright on 101, quoting incident number 239 of March 20.