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Lincolnshire doorstep sellers claim to be ex-offenders

Residents in Lincolnshire have been targeted by door-to-door sellers who claim to be ex-offenders working as part of probation work.

The fraudsters, who sell cleaning products, claim to be working for a project backed by the probation, prison and youth offending services.

But Lincolnshire Probation Trust said it was not involved the selling scheme.

Police advised the public to not buy the goods offered and to contact officers with details of the offenders.

Legitimate offenders have carried out community service in the area under the supervision of the probation trust.

More than 85,000 hours of community service was carried out in the county during the last financial year.

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