Police warning over antiques dealer caller in Seaford

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Police in Seaford are warning residents to be wary after reports of a man claiming to be an antiques dealer knocking on residents’ doors in the town.

On September 18 police had calls from people in Surrey Close and Sutton Drove after the man stopped at their homes and said he was a valuer with shops in Brighton.

Though it is not thought any offences were carried out on this occasion, police are warning people to be on their guard.

Local Police Community Support Officer Noel Daniels said, “This practice is referred to as “knocking” and often the elderly are targeted and persuaded to part with items for cash that they don’t really want to part with at a fraction of their true value, or worse having gained entry items are stolen. “Seaford is a no cold calling zone and any door to door activity is discouraged. Our advice is to never let anyone into your home who you do not know or who you have not arranged to come around.

“Don’t feel pressured into letting this sort of person in to your house or into selling any items. If you do want to part with valuables or antiques get a proper valuation carried out first from an auctioneer or proper antiques dealer, so that you know their true worth.”

The man involved in the incidents is described as being white, 5ft 8, with a bald head and in his 40s.