Issued By
Durham County Council


Community theatre groups are wanted for a leading role in protecting older people from bogus callers.

Durham County Council's Trading Standards are seeking groups who may be interested in producing and delivering a series of sketches to highlight the dangers posed by itinerant traders and bogus callers.

The aim is to give older people the necessary skills to deal firmly and politely with unexpected callers.

Now they are looking for people in amateur drama or community theatre groups to help them get the show on the road.

Phillip Holman, the County Council's Head of Trading Standards, said: "We carried out a survey at the end of last year which showed that the overwhelming majority of people in the county did not want doorstep sellers calling at their homes.

"A considerable percentage of those who responded said they had had a bad experience with doorstep sellers," he said.

Councillor Don Ross, Deputy Leader of the County Council, said: "We hope that amateur dramatic and theatre groups will be interested in helping us to deliver important messages about doorstep sellers to older people."

Anyone involved in community theatre or drama societies in the Derwentside, Easington or Teesdale areas who is interested in helping with the sketches should contact either Craig Hudson or Elizabeth Fitzgerald at Trading Standards on 0191 383 3707 or 0191 383 4467.
Note to News Editors: For further information contact Craig Hudson, divisional manager, on 0191 383 3707 or Peter Fleming, Assistant Head of Trading Standards on 0191 383 3584.