Traders given the ‘cold’ shoulder

Couns Ros Lund and Tony Dean with West Yorkshire Police officers and residents at Carleton's newest cold calling zone.
Couns Ros Lund and Tony Dean with West Yorkshire Police officers and residents at Carleton's newest cold calling zone.

Residents in Carleton are giving doorstep salesman the cold shoulder with the launch of a new ‘zone’ which cracks down on rogue traders.

Homeowners in Fair View, East Close and West Close joined forces with West Yorkshire Trading Standards and West Yorkshire Police after the neighbourhood watch group reported they were being repeatedly targeted by uninvited traders.

Residents were joined by Coun Ros Lund, chairman of the West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee and Pontefract councillor Tony Dean in delivering ‘No Cold Calling’ stickers and information leaflets to properties in the zone, which was set up last week.

Coun Lund said: “It was a great pleasure to meet the residents of Carleton and to hear how such a scheme will help.

“Cold calling zones are increasing in popularity as they are a simple, cost effective mechanism in the fight against doorstep criminals and cold callers.”

Trading standards chiefs say zones prevent unwanted traders pestering residents and have had a marked effect on reducing ‘distraction’ style burglaries.

Signs have also been put up around the zone warning traders not to visit.