Denbighshire residents have been warned to keep on their guard against suspicious fish traders.
Police and Trading Standards officers in the county say salesmen have been carrying out door-to-door visits in the last week. There are concerns as to whether the traders are registered and if they are following food safety and hygeine guidelines.
Public protection manager Emlyn Jones called on residents not to be tempted to buy: ”When buying fish from door to door salesmen, the purchaser very often has no way of knowing how the fish have been stored and whether they are safe to eat. These type of sellers commonly use non-refrigerated vans, and there may be issues with the labelling, quality and descriptions of the fish and they may pressurise residents to buy more than they actually need…The best place to buy fish is from a reputable fishmonger at an established shop or stall or even with a trader with a regular prearranged round.”
Denbighshire County Council say anyone who feels intimidated or threatened by any doorstep trader should immediately shut the door and call 999 straightaway. Anyone wanting to report an incident or seek advice about cold callers should phone the Citizens Advice consumer helplines on 03454 04 05 06 (English language) and 03454 04 05 05 (Welsh language).