West Mercia Police have issued an appeal following two suspicious incidents in Herefordshire.

A spokesperson for West Mercia Police (Hereford Rural North) said:

“Good morning we would like to make you aware of the below incidents.

“Incident 1: At approximately 2pm on 24th June, a man knocked on a resident’s door claiming to sell items for “Helping Hand”. 

“When the resident declined, the man made a comment about their cars and was seen filming or taking photos of them.

“The resident had a heated discussion with the man, who later apologised and identified himself as Lewis Hill from Middlesbrough, with an ID reference of 7257. 

“This incident has raised concerns about potential criminal activity, possibly related to property surveillance. 

“Incident 2: Another report mentioned a young man in a tracksuit knocking on doors in an elderly community, attempting to sell goods at high prices. 

“He claimed to work for a charity and had a certification card, which he quickly retracted.

“Described as having a strong northern accent, brown hair, and approximately 5’8″ in height, the resident suspects he might be associated with a group known for targeting vulnerable individuals.”

Community Safety Tips:

Be cautious of unsolicited door-to-door sales people.

Do not allow strangers to enter your home.

Report any suspicious behaviour.

Inform elderly or vulnerable neighbours about these incidents.