Hatfield woman urges vigilance after suspicious cold-caller encounter

PUBLISHED: 17:11 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:11 28 July 2017

Northdown Road in Hatfield. Picture credit: Google Street View

Northdown Road in Hatfield. Picture credit: Google Street View

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A Hatfield woman has warned residents to stay vigilant after a man knocked on her door acting suspiciously and claiming to be a former army member.

The Northdown Road resident claimed that despite having ‘no cold-caller’ signs on her door, a man knocked and attempted to sell her car washing equipment at around 3pm yesterday (Thursday).

She said: “I was expecting the postman so I opened the door, and he said I’m selling this and that, and I’m from the army and have been discharged and can’t get a job.”

She claimed that because she was nervous and wanted to avoid confrontation, she gave him a pound coin, chocolate and some water.

“I was frightened, but I didn’t show it. I was just nice to him,” she added.

However, after he left the lady immediately phoned the police and officers were sent to the scene to investigate.

A police spokesman said: “The resident was concerned because some local residents are vulnerable because of their age.

“Officers attended and conducted a search of the area, however, the man was not able to be traced.”

The woman described him as in his mid-20s, around 5ft 2ins, of thin build and bald. He was also said to be wearing brown trousers and a green T-shirt.

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