POLICE are urging Derbyshire residents to ask doorstep sellers for proof of identity after a spate of burglaries by bogus salesmen.
A 99-year-old woman from Belper had a TV stolen by a man claiming to be selling tea towels.
Door-to-door sellers need a Pedlars Certificate issued by police and if they do not have one or fail to produce it when asked they are committing an offence.
PC Chris Bond, who works in a specialist unit targeting distraction burglaries, said: “If someone offers you items on your doorstep always ask for proof of ID or a Pedlars Certificate and do not allow them into your home.
“If you are still unsure contact the organisation they claim to represent and ask them to come back when you have a friend or relative with you.”