You can help North Yorkshire Trading Standards tackle cold callers

North Yorkshire residents are being urged to help to identify cold callers who make people feel pressured on their doorstep into buying goods or services they don’t want or need.

trading standards officer with leaflet box

In a bid to help identify and take action against cold callers who break the law, North Yorkshire Trading Standards is asking residents to drop leaflets delivered to their homes by cold callers at collection points that will be set up across the county from 14 October for one week.

Collection points can be found at County Hall reception in Northallerton, register offices at Harrogate, Northallerton, Scarborough and Whitby and all libraries. Supermarkets such as Asda, Morrison’s, Sainsbury’s and others across the county are also supporting the initiative and will have collection boxes available.

County Councillor Andrew Lee, Executive Member for Trading Standards, said: “Trading standards officers rely on information provided by members of the public, especially in relation to cold callers, and that’s why we’re encouraging residents to take part. The information that officers collect will help them to tackle rogue trading, and in particular to protect our more vulnerable residents, who can be targeted by unscrupulous cold callers.   

“We are interested in leaflets offering services, especially home maintenance and gardening. It doesn’t matter when leaflets were delivered, so you can include leaflets received before 14 October. We’d be grateful if you could make a note of your postcode on each leaflet, so we can identify the areas in which they have been delivered.

“We are not asking for flyers for local businesses, such as takeaways, supermarkets and corner shops, or catalogues for well-known beauty or home products. If in doubt, please drop off the leaflet.”

List of supermarkets

  • ASDA- Bower Road, Harrogate
  • ASDA- Malton
  • B&M- Northallerton
  • Boyes- Malton
  • Co-op- 8 High Street, Castleton
  • Co-op- 117 High Street, Great Ayton
  • Co-op- Helmsley
  • Co-op- Skipton Road, Harrogate
  • Co-op- Piercy End, Kirbymoorside
  • Co-op- 59 Champleys Mews, Market Place, Pickering
  • Co-op- Eastgate, Pickering
  • Co-op- 5 Whitby Road, Staithes
  • Co-op- High Street Stokesley
  • Co-op- Springfield, Stokesley
  • Co-op- Langborne Road, Whitby
  • Costcutter- 17 Commercial Street, Tadcaster
  • Grosmont Cooperative Society- Front Street, Grosmont
  • LIDL- Seamer Road, Scarborough
  • M&S Food hall- Knaresborough
  • Morrisons- Hookstone Chase, Harrogate
  • Morrisons- Ripon
  • Morrisons- Eastfield, Scarborough
  • Morrisons- Market Cross, Selby
  • Proudfoot's- 401 Scalby Road, Scarborough
  • Tesco- Portholme Road, Selby
  • Sainsbury's Local- Knaresborough
  • Sainsbury's- Northallerton
  • Sainsbury's- Ripon
  • Sainsbury's- Falsgrave Road, Scarborough
  • Sainsbury's- Abbey Walk, Selby
  • Sainsbury's- Mill Lane, Tadcaster
  • Sainsbury's- Stainsacre, Whitby

This story was published 8 October 2019