Transit van sellers targeting elderly residents in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:16 14 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:16 14 September 2018

Police are urging people to remain vigilant. Main image: Getty Images

Police are urging people to remain vigilant. Main image: Getty Images


Elderly people in Honiton have been targeted by men selling generators and power tools from the back of transit vans.

Police were called four times yesterday (Thursday) after doors were knocked in Honiton, Exmouth, Ottery and Woodbury.

PCSO Richard Shelton, of Honiton’s neighbourhood policing team, said: “Two different transit vans were being used – one silver and one white.

“They were turning up at various addresses and people were trying to get residents to buy generators and power tools from the back of their vehicles.”

PCSO Shelton said police officers caught up with one of the vans and informed Trading Standards.

He added: “It was of concern that they were picking on elderly residents to try and sell the items to.

“We have no evidence that there was any criminal activity taking place.”

Police are advising residents to call 101 if they are approached by the men.

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