HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY - Nottingham Knockers

Published: 16 December 2021

Dear Residents,

We have seen a rise in reports about Nottingham Knockers in the area and would like to give you more information about this group and offer advice on how to deal with them.

Nottingham Knockers Information
Who are they?

Nottingham Knockers are usually young men who go door to door, selling household products. They are dropped off early in the morning in a particular location by a large van and are then transported around that area throughout the day until approx. 2100hrs. They will offer to show you ID which will likely be ‘Hawkers Work Creation’ and say they have just been released from prison. This company does not actually exist and is purely a laminated piece of card with their picture on. They will be carrying a large holdall style bag which contains various household items at high prices and will try and hard sell to make more money. They will also tell you about how they are trying to make a better life. 
 
Is it illegal to sell goods on the doorstep?

 Selling anything in a public space is subject to street trading laws and can only be done with special permits. Anyone selling goods on a public forecourt, road, footway or adjacent site, to a distance of 10 metres, must have written consent. Charity collectors can only collect on the doorstep with permission of the council’s licensing team. Selling goods door-to-door is only permitted with a valid pedlar’s certificate. The police will only issue these to people who haven’t been convicted of a crime, any conviction will mean you cannot hold a licence. Traders selling vegetables, fish, fruit or food and drink do not need pedlar’s licence but must register with the environmental health department at their local authority. Other traders can only sell at your doorstep if you have invited them round. Anything you buy at your doorstep over £42 is subject to a legal ‘cooling-off period’ of 14 days where you hold the right to cancel. The trader should give you precontract information, a written receipt and a template notice you can use to cancel. Failure to do this is a criminal offence and should be reported to trading standards.

Our advice
Whenever you get an unexpected knock on the door, please check to see who is on the other side of your door before opening it. Either look through a side window, look through a spy hole, or simply ask out loud who it is. If you do not know them, establish who they are and what they are there for before you open the door. Please remember if the cold caller sales are unsuccessful, they are unlikely to return in future. 

If you do experience any verbal abuse and feel intimidated, please call 101 and tell us what was said, and a description of the person. 

REMEMBER

·  Do NOT deal with Nottingham Knockers.

·  NEVER allow Nottingham Knockers into your home.

·  Do NOT pay CASH on the doorstep.