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Doorstep callers not part of probation scheme

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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DOORSTEP sellers claiming they are working under a project backed by the probation service must be ignored, officials have warned.

The visitors, who often claim to be ex-offenders or offenders seeking to sell products or services door-to-door, are not part of any scheme known to Derbyshire Probation.

Probation Service staff say they advise Ashbourne householders not to buy from sales people who claim to be part of this project and to call Derbyshire Police on 101 if they are approached.

Officers have also advised residents to always ask to see identification when a stranger calls at the door, or to ring the company they claim to be from to mAake sure they are who they say they are.

Legitimate door-to-door sales people will always have proof of identity and the Probation Service does not issue identity badges to offenders.

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