A man has been charged after a complaint of a person selling door-to-door without a licence in the north-east.
A 31-year-old from Nottingham has been charged in connection with operating without a pedlar’s licence in Westhill on Tuesday.
Pc Russell Masson said: “On this occasion because police were contacted immediately it allowed officers to take quick action.
“Legitimate and authorised pedlars will always be in possession of an appropriate licence and if they are asked by a homeowner to see it, they should be more than happy to do so.
“In order to be granted a licence you must prove that you are a person of good character, therefore those operating without such a licence will not have been subjected to relevant checks and it is impossible to know what their full intentions might be.
“You can never rule out that those operating illegally might be scoping out your property for future acquisitive crime.
“Those not working legitimately can also often use hard sell tactics and intimidation as part of their sales pitch which can be unnerving for a homeowner, especially if they are at home on their own or a more vulnerable person.
“In situations like this the person who has shown up at your door should be reported to police immediately.”