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Couple's 999 call over salesman

A couple were forced to call the police to remove a "pushy" double glazing salesman from their south London home.

The man targeted the couple, from Worcester Park, after earlier cold calling them to set up the meeting.

Claiming to work for Weatherseal, he spent two hours pressing them for a deposit and to sign a 31,000 finance package to replace their windows.

Weatherseal said it did not believe the man worked for the firm as the company was not making sale visits in the area.

The man refused repeated requests from the couple, who have two young children, to leave.

'Stop at nothing'

He only left when they called the police, handing the phone to him so that a police officer could instruct him to go.

Weatherseal said a reference number the man gave the couple over the phone was not one that the firm used.

Councillor Ruth Dombey, deputy leader of Sutton Council, said: "Bogus doorstep sellers will stop at nothing to part you from your money."

She added: "While they had the presence of mind to call the police, more vulnerable residents such as the frail or elderly are often intimidated into handing over cash or bank details."

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