Issued By
North Yorkshire
County Council


HOMEOWNERS in North Yorkshire are again being warned not to deal with doorstep traders, after reports in the Malton area concerning men calling door-to-door offering to buy antiques.

Consumers in and around Malton have received fliers through their doors, stating that the people responsible are interested in buying antiques from them, particularly jewellery. The fliers also state that someone will call back later that day or the following day.

The warning from North Yorkshire County Council's trading standards team is urgent because they believe the dealers are still working in the area.

Councillor Carl Les, the county council's executive member with responsibility for trading standards, said: "Dealing with any trader in this way is extremely risky, particularly in relation to valuable items such as antiques. All dealers in second-hand goods operating within North Yorkshire are required to be registered under the North Yorkshire County Council Act with the Trading Standards Service. They are also required to keep detailed records about the goods they buy and sell. The individuals concerned in this case are not registered. This constitutes a criminal offence, which will be investigated.”

“Trading Standards advice to consumers is to turn these people away. Under no circumstances let any stranger into your home and certainly do not discuss with them what valuables you have.”

“If you do wish to sell your antiques, the only safe way of doing this is to obtain valuations from one or more reputable established local businesses. Our advice is not to deal with callers at the door, under any circumstances”.

North Yorkshire Trading Standards Service is interested to hear from any consumers who received the flier in question, and particularly anyone who sold the traders goods. Consumers should contact Ruth Taylor on 01609 768636.

Contact: Ruth Taylor on 01609 768636

Executive member: Councillor Carl Les (Con) 01677-423702 Mob: 07860-639600
Group spokespeople: Councillor Mrs Caroline Seymour (Lib-Dem) 01642-710382, Councillor Steve Shaw-Wright (Lab) 01757-708849