Stands to help warn people of cold callers

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TRADING Standards officers will be in the region next week to warn people about doorstep callers as part of National Consumer Week.

As part of the No Means No theme, Hampshire County Council officers will be at the Asda hypermarket in Larchwood Avenue, Bedhampton, between 9am and 5pm on Thursday.

They will then head to Fareham shopping centre on Friday between 9am and 5pm.

The officers will offer shoppers useful advice and tips about how to deal with cold callers and give away pocket-sized guides.

Shoppers can also find out how to set up a No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ) in their area, and can pick up a Buy With Confidence directory featuring hundreds of businesses vetted by Trading Standards.

The No Cold Calling Zone scheme, launched in 2005, now covers 36,548 homes in Hampshire.

The council says 73 per cent of residents say the zone makes them feel safer and 77 per cent are more confident when dealing with unwanted cold callers.

Further advice and support on cold callers is available from the Trading Standards Quick Response Team on 01962 833666.