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Missing Keys, Drink, Bike Awareness & Telephone Sales

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Here’s the latest update from Northamptonshire Police with an attempt to reunite someone with their missing keys, news of actions to tackle underage drinking & “legal highs”, warnings on rogue sellers of security systems, and an appeal to watch out for bikes.

Have you lost your car keys or a mobile phone?

Earlier this week, a Samsung mobile phone was handed in at Daventry Police Station, which had been found near the tennis courts in New Street. A Ford car key, found in Ashby Road, was also handed in. If you think either of these might be yours, please contact Daventry Front Office on 101.

Test purchase operation helps tackle underage drinking

Police and Trading Standards carried out a successful ‘test purchase’ operation last weekend to help tackle underage drinking in the county. Officers and staff from Northamptonshire Police and Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards, together with two volunteer test purchasers, aged 15 and 16, visited premises in Northampton, Brackley, Wellingborough, Corby and Kettering. Read more.

 Police funding helps charity raise awareness of ‘legal highs’

A Northamptonshire charity is preparing to launch a new mobile phone app to raise awareness of the dangers of killer substances freely available to buy on the High Street. Read more.

Watch  Out For Bikers

Be on the lookout for more bikers on Northamptonshire’s roads – With good weather predicted across Northamptonshire over the coming weeks, motorists have been urged to be aware that more motorbikers are likely to be on the county’s roads. Read more.

Residents warned over telephone sales

Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is warning residents about telephone sales.

Trading Standards has been contacted by consumers who have received unsolicited telephone calls from companies offering to install security systems.   Initial contact is made by telephone cold-calling residents to arrange an appointment; however although the security system may be free or available at a nominal cost, the ongoing maintenance costs are high and there may be a cancellation fee.

Buy with ConfidenceTrading Standards advise that consumers should not purchase security systems, or any other goods or services from businesses that are cold-calling either on the telephone or at the door.  Instead, consumers who are considering investing in an alarm system should obtain quotes from at least three security companies who are subject to independent inspection by a recognised body, either NSI (The National Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board) or who are members of the Buy With Confidence scheme.

In addition, any consumers who are concerned about a caller at their door or suspect that distraction burglars or rogue traders are operating in their area should call the dedicated Doorstep crime Action Network (DAN) on: 0345 23 07 702.  Consumers should remember … “If you’re not sure, don’t open the door”

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