POLICE and trading standards officers in South Derbyshire are urging residents to be alert and to think twice before employing doorstep callers or traders.
The advice comes as Derbyshire Police are seeing an increase in rogue trader incidents, and officers are now worried the arrival of warmer weather may provide an opportunity for rogue traders to go door-to-door to offer gardening or driveway services.
Officers are also urging residents to report any suspicious callers at their own or their neighbours’ homes.
PC Chris Bond, of the Derbyshire Police’s doorstep crime unit, said: “We’re always grateful of any information we receive about those who go door-to-door offering goods and services as there have been cases where residents have been charged very high prices for low quality or unnecessary work.”
Grants up for grabs to support new art efforts
ARTS organisations and community groups in East Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to host arts events in their local area.
Staffordshire County Council has announced its latest round of the community arts fund and is making £52,000 available to support arts groups.
The funding is available to any arts organisation or community group planning an arts project or event in Staffordshire which benefits the community.
More information is available at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/communityartsfund