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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
'No cold calls' in crime hotspot
No Cold Calling sign
Cold callers are no longer welcome in Bulwark
Door-to-door salesmen have been banned from homes in a town which is a "hotspot" for distraction burglaries.

A "no cold-calling" zone has been set up in the Bulwark area of Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

About 250 homes are covered by the zone, which is supported by the local Neighbourhood Watch group and Gwent Police.

Signs have been erected warning that people living in the area will not welcome cold callers.

The zone was set up with help from trading standards officers from Monmouthshire Council, and Chepstow Town Council.

It covers the areas of Bulwark Avenue, Alpha Road and Raglan Way.

Head of trading standards Phil Glanville said: "Research shows that there is a link between cold calling and distraction burglaries and local intelligence showed us that Bulwark was a hotspot."

A recent survey conducted by the Trading Standards Institute showed that 96% of household owners do not want doorstep callers.


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