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Rogue Traders and Door Step Traders.

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As we come into the summer months we will be seeing an increase in doorstep traders, commonly known as Nottingham Knockers. These are normally a group of traders, who, will come down from the North of England and use a Hawkers licence to try and sell items at the doorstep, these can include kitchen items, cleaning items and general gadgets. Doorstep trading is illegal without a proper peddlers licence, which needs to be approved and signed off by the Chief Constable of the area they wish to trade in, in this case, Avon and Somerset Police. They will be then be issued with a certificate which they should produce before trying to sell.

Many of the groups will try to use a Hawkers licence, which does not give them the licence to trade on the doorstep.

Trading standards are responsible for doorstep trading and they should be notified on 0808 2231133 or via e-mail:

The advice from police is that if you get a doorstep trader knocking on the door, do not buy anything from them, these items are normally over-priced and of poor quality. If they become persistent or aggressive then please call the police on 999 if in progress or 101 if the incident has happened. Police will usually attend and speak to these people and establish more details from them. It is helpful for us to get calls relating to Nottingham Knockers in order for us to understand a pattern of behaviour and to give us an idea of the location they are operating in.


If needed the police have a no cold caller sticker which we can provide to you free of charge.


  • Tuesday 15th June, 2021
    Reports of doorstep traders in the Stoke Bishop area.  Police have conducted searches and have spoken to 2 of the males involved.
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