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Lichfield residents warned after incident involving bogus callers

People in Lichfield are being warned to remain vigilant after two men claiming to be trading standards officers talked their way into a Tamworth home.

The pair, who had Irish accents, said they had come to search the house for fake tobacco and were carrying walkie-talkie radios during the incident on May 9.

Despite neither having any identification they were let into the property and they went into the kitchen before leaving. Nothing was stolen and they then left in a small white van.

County councillor Pat Corfield said: “We want people to be vigilant as these men could well try to con their way into someone else’s home and steal property.

“Any county council employee, from trading standards or any other service, would identify themselves straight away with identification.

“Trading standards do not search people’s properties – they will only go round in response to people’s calls. People should be wary of any cold callers. Ask for identification and if in any doubt, close the door and call the police.”

Staffordshire Police are appealing for anyone who has information about the crime to ring them on 101 or, to report a crime in progress, ring 999. Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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