Residents say no to cold callers

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Residents, trading standards, officers, police and councillors in Pontefract have teamed up to help stop unwanted cold callers.

A new cold calling control zone has been set up on the Barracks estate using money from Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

The zone has been set up by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service after complaints from residents about the number of cold callers in the area.

Joanne Smith, area manager for WDH, said: “Protecting the safety of our tenants and local residents is important and that’s why this cold calling control zone is being introduced.

“By working with our partners to enforce this zone people can be assured that cold callers are not welcome.”

The zone was launched last Friday and residents on Queen’s Avenue, Queen’s Road, Queen’s Square and Chantry Close will receive information packs.

Coun Ros Lund, chairman of the West Yorkshire Joint Service Committee, said: “This initiative is a simple yet effective mechanism in the fight against doorstep criminals and cold callers.

“The popularity of the zones continues to thrive throughout West Yorkshire and the response from residents ensures that we can continue to make improvements and develop the zones further .”

To report cold callers in your area or for more information on cold calling zones visit www.ts.wyjs.org.uk or call 08454 040506.