On Tuesday evening 12th February, a pair of unduly persistent young men with North East accents (said to be from Middlesborough), visited most houses in Main Street, Belmersthorpe, area trying to sell tea-towels, dusters etc.
Most of these itinerant sellers, usually men, operate in teams and are usually dropped off from a mini bus, are illegal (they should have a pedlars certificate from their local Chief Cconstable in this case Teeside Police). It is strongly suspected the visits are used as a means of checking an area for later criminality. Whilst it must always be your decision, you are strongly urged not to buy items. Ask to see a pedlers certificate and read it, they often produce any card.
Should you see the men using a vehicle, please obtain the index number and pass it to the local Police. On this occasion a white minibus van was seen nearby. The number has been taken and passed to local Police.