Police Scotland have had various reports of door to door traders in the North East and South East areas of Edinburgh.
Males with English accents are offering to sell household items with some males making mention they have recently got out of prison and have been given a salesman job.
Male, ginger hair, blue tracksuit bottoms, F511, thick Liverpool accent, 20-25yo, black backpack
White male, 20-30yo, Slim build, grey jumper, long dark shorts (above the knee) with white Adidas logo on them, short dark hair and carrying blue Nike backpack.
White male, scouse accent, F505, slim build, late teens / early 20’s, grey / blue baseball cap, clean shaven, dark blue tracksuit top and bottoms branded EA7, wooden cross necklace, carrying full Adidas holdall
White male, F509, blue duffel bag, brown hair, English, wearing black and white lanyard, blue jacket, jeans, stating he recently let out of prison
Some door to door traders may be trading lawfully, however please know that any person attending at your door attempting to sell goods requires to be in possession of a current Pedlar Certificate as per the Pedlars Act 1871. If unknown persons attend at your door, use your door chain (if available) and ask to see their Pedlars Certificate on every occasion. Pedlar Certificates are issued to eligible candidates by the Police and entitle the holder to act as a Pedlar anywhere within the UK. In general we would advise you to not feel pressured into purchasing items from door to door sales persons.
Should the Pedlar not be able to provide a certificate when asked, he may be committing an offence. Please contact Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency, if you have any concerns."
Prevention, Intervention and Partnerships Department
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Sonja Kaiser-Ferris (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)