They may also hand over a card saying they are deaf or dumb.
The sellers will try to sell poor-quality household goods, for example tea-towels, at over-inflated prices. The price for whatever has been purchased usually comes to a note – usually £10. According to Police, the seller will examine any bank notes paid by the householder, and the property at which they reside, to determine whether the householder and their property may be a suitable target for further fraud or other crimes.
Sadly it is the elderly and vulnerable who are of greatest interest to Nottingham Knockers.
Villagers are advised to never agree to any uninvited doorstep sale, be it for goods or services.
If you believe that you are in receipt of a visit from a ‘Nottingham Knocker’, tell them that you are not interested and request that they leave.
Call the Police immediately on 101, to report the individual and any associated vehicle that they may be using.
Claire Mackenzie and West Challow Parish Council