Bogus traders are always dodgy figures – but residents are warned of a group of traders even fishier than most currently doing the rounds in the area.

The Trading Standards team at Wrexham Council is warning people to beware of rogue traders trying to pressure householders into buying “fresh” fish.

Reports to North Wales Police mention door-to-door traders asking residents – including the elderly and the vulnerable – if they would like to buy fish.

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But usually, these traders tend to be selling fish of poor or sub-standard quality, and try to pressurise people into buying far more than they would need or want.

“Don’t be tempted by doorstep sellers”

Rebecca Pomeroy, Food and Farming Lead in Wrexham Council’s Public Protection Service, said: “We are concerned regarding this matter, especially as to whether or not the sellers are registered as a food business operator – a legal requirement – and if they are adhering to all proper safety and hygiene regulations.

“When buying fish from door-to-door salesmen, the buyer will not have any way of checking how the fish have been stored and whether or not they are safe to eat. Such bogus salespeople tend to use non-refrigerated vans, and there are likely issues with the labelling, quality and descriptions of the fish – and they may pressurise vulnerable residents to buy more than they actually need.

“As with any doorstep caller we would urge people not to be tempted to buy and ask them to leave.  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”

Anyone wanting advice on doorstep trading or wishing to report an incident can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 (03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language) which gives free, independent and impartial advice on all consumer issues.

Alternatively, they may also call police on 101.

Any person feeling intimidated or threatened by any doorstep seller should shut the door and call the police emergency number 999.

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