Man charged in connection with 'Nottingham Knockers' type scam

Recently we urged you all to be vigilant against so called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ – scammers who go door-to-door pretending to be selling homewares but who are looking for an opportunity to sneak inside and steal.

Well yesterday we arrested a man on suspicion of using the tactic to talk his way inside a 95-year-old woman’s Allesley home last month.

The trusting woman opened her door to a man on 27 August at around midday. He was offering things like cloths and tea towels for sale.

He then claimed to be thirsty and when the woman went to get him a glass of water he sneaked inside and swiped her purse. He even drank the water before leaving with her cash and cards.

Yesterday our officers spotted a man in Walgrave Road who we’d been looking for in connection with the offence.

He tried running off but they arrested him in back gardens.

A 42-year-old man has now been charged with burglary and is due in court this afternoon.

We’re also really keen to hear from any residents who may have experienced this type of con in recent weeks.

The scam involves the offender suggesting they’ve been released from prison and are trying to turn their life around as a salesperson offering housewares to residents.

If you believed you’ve been targeted then please get in touch. Call us on 101 or message us via Live Chat through our website.

For more safety advice go to this section of our website.

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