Police call for new law on cold callers

POLICE are demanding new powers to tackle bogus workmen who prey on the elderly and vulnerable.

A petition was passed with 93 per cent in favour at the Scottish Police Federation conference in Aviemore yesterday calling on the Scottish Government to draw up new legislation, claiming their current powers are woefully inadequate.

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The Federation wants local authorities to keep registers of legitimate firms able to visit homes in their area. Constable Jim Foy, of Strathclyde Police, said: “This is one of the most cowardly crimes, perpetrated by the most unpleasant members of the criminal class on the most vulnerable.”

Police say many victims are reluctant to report incidents while culprits often argue they provide a legitimate service.