Cumbria's Trading Standards body has issued a warning to residents in the county following reports of individuals pretending to be Covid-19 marshals in a bid to enter people's homes.

Cumbria Trading Standards has encouraged people across Cumbria to be vigilant following reports received by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute of scammers attempting to use the Covid marshal as a cover to enter private homes.

A spokesman for Cumbria Trading Standards said: "The Chartered Trading Standards Institute​ has received reports of incidences involving people pretending to be Covid marshals and medical professionals to gain access to people's homes.

"This particular version of the scam is an updated form of one witnessed during the pandemic in the summer involving fake healthcare professionals offering bogus Covid-19 tests to gain access to homes.

"The marshals, officially called Covid-19 secure marshals, do not have the power to enforce social distancing, issue fines, or the right to enter homes."