Two men were issued with court summonses after complaints of doorstep sellers operating in the Leyburn area today.
Police stopped the men after the men were reported selling goods door to door in bungalows at Kirkwood Hall and then on Woodside.
Police said the men, both from Teesside, were selling poor quality goods at inflated prices.
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One of the men was reportedly abusive to one elderly resident at Kirkwood when he asked them to leave, although it is understood the pensioner”gave as good as he got”.
The men did not have pedlar’s certificates allowing door to door selling.
Inspector Mark Gee, neighbourhood police inspector for Richmondshire, urged residents to beware of doorstep sellers who sold shoddy goods at expensive prices, and often used hard sell tactics.
Insp Gee said: “Doorstep sellers target the elderly and I’d urge everyone to keep an eye out for the vulnerable people in their community to make sure they are not being target.
“If you have concerns about someone knocking on doors in your area phone the police.
“These people are not welcome here in Richmondshire.”