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On Friday we attended a report of 'Nottingham Knockers' in the village of Harpole. We did attend and details were taken of a vehicle seen to leave the area that has been reported previously as being involved in a similar set of circumstances.
But, what is a Nottingham Knocker?
Nottingham Knockers are doorstep callers who offer a selection of household products for sale. The scam is believed to have originated in Nottingham, hence the name. More »
The callers are often ex-convicts who claim to be part of a rehabilitation scheme which probably doesn't exist.
How does the scam work?
The scammer buys a bag of goods off the person who employs them, and are allowed to keep anything they make above this.
Callers offer householders the goods, at inflated prices, but often use the sale as a ruse for checking out a person's home and gullibility.
Many people will buy something and pay them just to get rid of them, but once the money has been handed over, the scam can really begin.
Once the caller gets the money - most often a value that comes to a note - it is examined.
If it is crumpled, they accept it and move on. If it is crisp, flat and new – they are much more interested and engage the person in more conversation, to find out details about them.
The caller also smells the note as they leave. If it is slightly musty, it is an indication there may be more in the property. Those addresses are noted and sold to interested parties in prisons, pubs and among certain trades.
Unfortunately the elderly are often targeted for these scams, and any suspicious activity should be reported to police.
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Posted: Mon, 17 May 2021 10:28 by Vicky Smith
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Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2021 15:02 by Vicky Smith
Mears Ashby residents are litter picking this Saturday (20th March) and wonder if anyone in Wilby would like to join them to clear Mears Ashby Road out of Wilby towards Mears Ashby with a view to meeting their team halfway as they come along towards Wilby.
HiViz jackets, gloves, bags & litter pickers will be provided. Anyone interested should contact Vicky Smith for more details. Her contact number is 01604 812239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org More »
Separately, we have also been approached by a resident of Great Doddington to tell us that they have started to clear the litter from Cut Throat Lane from the Earls Barton Road junction to the rugby club. They wonder if anyone in Wilby is interested in helping clear the rest of lane down into Wilby. This is a road which has previously been cleared by Wellingborough Norse and given the narrow road, traffic volumes and limited verge space great care would need to be taken. Again please contact our clerk if you are interested in helping. » Less
Posted: Tue, 16 Mar 2021 16:55 by Vicky Smith