A PERSISTENT gang of cold callers known as the Nottingham Knockers have been reported in Kidderminster and Stourport.

Police are advising residents to take precautionary measures, such as using a door chain, following reports of unwanted door-to-door sales of cleaning products in the area over the last few days.

A spokesman for Kidderminster Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "Please be aware door-to-door sales group known as the Nottingham Knockers have been reported in the Kidderminster and Stourport areas over the recent days, which means they will visiting your areas too.

"This group are persistent, using pressurised selling methods for cleaning products.

"If any sales person comes to your door selling any products, do not be persuaded to part with money or for products you don't need or of poor quality.

"Residents are also advised to use precautionary measures such as a door chain and to ignore callers if they are unsure who it may be.

"To sell on the doorstep a valid pedlars certificate is required - not just ID with the person's photo on."

Officers are advising residents not to answer the door to unwanted doorstep traders as any sales could encourage them to return to the area.

Police are also asking people to look out for any vulnerable neighbours that may be considered an easy target.

Any sightings of the Nottingham Knockers should be reported to West Mercia Police on 101.