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Cold Caller Warning in Selby as Teenager Arrested


1:16pm 14th June 2013

Police are warning people in the Selby area to be on their guard against doorstep callers after an 18-year-old man was arrested on Thursday 13 June 2013.

Police were alerted by a householder in the village of Camblesforth after the man called at their door offering to do work on their roof. His services were declined and the householder contacted the police.

The man, who is from the Selby area, was also arrested in connection with a similar incident which took place on 10 June in the village of Carlton. Again, he claimed work needed doing on their roof, but the householder refused.

The man has been released on conditional police bail to allow for further police enquiries.

Inspector Lindsay Stamp of Selby Police, said: “The householders in this case did exactly the right thing and refused to engage with the caller and passed the information to the police.

“We urge anyone who is contacted by cold callers to be on their guard, don’t  engage with them, and don’t under any circumstances, allow them into your house. If you are in any doubt as to who is at your door, please don’t answer it.”

Police are advising anyone who has also been called in similar circumstances to get in touch.

If you feel threatened by any callers, please always call the police on 999.

Please pass information about suspicious people or vehicles in your neighbourhood to North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For household security tips and to watch a video on how bogus callers operate, please go to North Yorkshire Police’s website


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