Cold Callers Set To Be Frozen Out In Ackworth (18 Mar 2014)

Cold callers are to be given the cold shoulder in parts of Ackworth later this week through the launch of a new initiative to deter them.

Partners including the South East Neighbourhood Policing Team, Wakefield District Housing, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Ackworth Parish Council will be launching the new Cold Call zone at 12pm on Friday March 21 at the Community Centre on Townend Avenue.

The scheme will centre on Tanhouse Lane and Townend Avenue in Ackworth and is being brought in following consultation with residents over recent months.

Through the new initiative, signs and stickers will be displayed in streets and in participating homes warning cold callers that residents don't want to be contacted on their doorsteps by those trying to sell unsolicited goods and services.

While the majority of cold callers trying to sell products such as double glazing or roofing may be genuine, the technique can also be often used by thieves to trick their way into houses claiming to be from utilities companies.

PC David Walker of the South East Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "The scheme is in response to concerns raised by residents and has received great local support following a consultation process. Its also been a very good example of the partnership working which takes place here between the South East Neighbourhood Police Team; Wakefield District Housing; West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Ackworth Parish Council.

"No cold call zones have proved to be effective in other parts of the district and provide reassurance for residents who may not wish to be approached on their doorsteps.

"I would encourage anyone from the Tanhouse Lane and Townend Avenue area who is interested to attend the launch event at 12:00pm at the Community Centre on Townend Avenue."

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson said:"Protecting the vulnerable is an integral and important part of my Police and Crime Plan.

"I am pledging my full support to this project as it will ensure local people will be safer and feel safer in their homes.

"By introducing this collaborative scheme in the area, it will offer a greater level of protection for residents.

"Working together in closer partnership is the way forward, particularly against the current backdrop of significant Government cuts, and I am working hard to make sure schemes likes this are given the backing they require."

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