‘Bogus’ caller warning for residents

Featherstone Estate Walk - members of agencies and authorities walking around Featherstone so residents can come out and complain to them about things they don't like. Organised by John Jackson Featherstone town councillor.'Pictured: Cllr John Jackson.
Featherstone Estate Walk - members of agencies and authorities walking around Featherstone so residents can come out and complain to them about things they don't like. Organised by John Jackson Featherstone town councillor.'Pictured: Cllr John Jackson.

CONCERNED town councillor John Jackson is warning vulnerable residents about ‘bogus’ callers targeting houses in 
Featherstone.

Coun Jackson, of Hartley Street, Featherstone, said his mother Sheila Hayes was the victim of pushy doorstep ‘officials’ who tried to get into her loft earlier this month.

Mrs Hayes, who lives at the bottom of Girnhill Lane, was left shaken after two females and a male in their 30s knocked on her door and insisted they enter her house.

Coun Jackson said: “I got a phone call from my mum saying they wanted to get into her loft and were very persistent, saying they were only in the area that day.

“Luckily she was upstairs and she just opened the window and shouted down. When they said they wanted to get in the loft that’s when she questioned them.

“If they were genuine they wouldn’t talk to people like that. I’ve been speaking to elderly residents further up Girnhill Lane and they have been targeted too.

“I want to warn people that if officials are genuine they won’t insist on getting into someone’s house like that.

“I would say don’t let them in. If people are unsure, ring the police and get their advice, especially anyone that’s living on their own.

“If they did get in I dread to think what might happen.”

Insp Lisa Kirkland, of Featherstone neighbourhood policing team (NPT), sent a strong message to residents who may be targeted by bogus officials.

She said: “The message here is don’t let anyone in to do any work within your house or to the exterior of your house unless you can verify who they are.

“If they say they’re from the waterboard for example and they’re genuine they will give you time to ring that company up to get it confirmed.

“Lock them out of the house and always lock the back door too. A lot of these people operate in pairs - while they keep someone talking at the front door, they might have someone round the back looking through the property.

“It’s really important you don’t let them in. If you’re not convinced they’re genuine and you’re struggling with who to ring, then call the police and someone from the NPT can check it out for you.

“We have to look after our vulnerable community and it’s the responsibilty of everyone to educate people in what to do in these
situations.”