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Friday, 18 April 2014

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New no-go zone in Carlisle for cold callers

Cold callers are to be banned from another part of Carlisle as the no go zone expands.

Belle Vue is the latest area to make the move in an area which will cover Beck Road and Criffel Road, which is being set up by police and Trading Standards.

They say the zones, which already operate in other parts of the city and in west Cumbria, have been proven to lead to a “significant” drop in crime and boost residents’ safety.

Signs will go up in the area saying cold callers are not welcome and may be reported to Trading Standards.

Everyone taking part in the scheme will put stickers up warning traders will not tolerated if they arrive unexpectedly touting for work.

The stickers have numbers for people to report cold callers so Trading Standards teams can investigate if they are genuine.

The zone will be launched at an event tomorrow on Green Lane.

Barry Doughty, responsible for safer and stronger communities at Cumbria County Council, said he “strongly supported” the zones.

“Anything we can do to help our residents, particularly older residents who are more at risk, feel safer in their homes is very welcome,” he said. “This clearly shows how we can work together with other agencies to combat nuisance doorstep sellers and bogus callers.’

Angela Jones, manager with Cumbria Trading Standards said the zone built on work they had done in Carlisle, mainly in the north of the city.

“This is great news for residents as we know from feedback from other zones across the county they have a positive impact,” she said.

“It will give people the confidence to say ‘no’ and also ensures they know how to get support from us when they need it.”

Lowry Hill introduced the zones last year, with many residents welcoming the idea.

Allison O’Neil, 64, of St Peter’s Close, said it was “great”.

“I wouldn’t have any hesitation in calling now I know who to call,” she said. “It gives you peace of mind.”

To qualify for zone status, an area needs to be identified as a doorstep crime hotspot or as having an older population that could be at risk.

In 2011, two similar zones were set up at Newfield and Houghton.

Around 7,000 homes are so far covered by zones in Cumbria, including Cockermouth, Keswick and Wigton in Allerdale.

Have your say

LOWRY LORD!!?
Says it all really......!!

Posted by Bobby Dash on 15 July 2013 at 18:33

Bobby Dash: The article says:
'proven to lead to a “significant” drop in crime and boost residents’ safety'.

you reply with:
'People are only trying to make a living'.

Did you actually read the article? How empty is your day when you resent the doorstep safety of Pensioners.

Posted by Lowry Lord on 13 July 2013 at 20:13

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