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East Riding Council Trading Standards - 'Nottingham Knockers'


East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Trading Standards Services as received reports of Nottingham Knockers cold calling in East Riding villages.

You may know this group as ‘duster sellers’. They are normally young males carrying large bags full of cleaning products which they offer for sale door-to-door.  This approach is believed to have started in the Nottingham area,  hence the term ‘Nottingham Knockers’. Unfortunately, as well as selling everyday items at inflated prices, they may also be looking for suitable targets with a view to either obtaining personal details to sell on, or committing crime.

These callers typically claim to be ex-offenders trying to make a new start in life by working on a probation or rehabilitation scheme, and may show a false ID card, or a false Pedlar’s Certificate (genuine certificates are issued by the Police).  Government rehabilitation schemes do not involve door-to-door sales.

Local residents have reported that some of these callers have been abusive.  It is also believed that others may try to charm their way in, making repeat visits to the same household.

The best course of action for local residents is:

  • Do not make up-front payments to any cold callers.
  • Do not deal with Nottingham Knockers.
  • NEVER allow Nottingham Knockers into your home.
  • If you are aware of Nottingham Knockers visiting your neighbourhood, please report any such activity to the Police immediately, using the non-emergency number, 101.  Give as much information as you can such as times dates, descriptions and vehicle registration numbers. By doing this you may help prevent crime.
  • Report any suspicions about other types of door-to-door selling to Citizens Advice consumer helpline 0808 223 1133, giving as much information as you can, such as business names and addresses.

If you are able to help raise awareness of this issue, we would be grateful.  Thank you for your attention.

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Support for Ukraine

All Hessle Town Councillors and staff are deeply saddened by the act of senseless and unwarranted war being waged by Russia upon Ukraine.

We condemn such horrendous acts of war and call for all hostilities and blood shed to cease immediately and for the withdrawal of all invading forces from Ukraine. As a Town Council we will support those who need it most at such a distressing time. We are supporting Ukraine and are prepared to offer all the support we can within our current powers, including helping those who may have to leave their home country in order to find safety in our area. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine as they fight through this difficult and unbearable time.

How can I offer support to the people of Ukraine?

The Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator have urged the public to ‘give safely’ to registered charities as people make generous donations to causes helping to support and protect people affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

As the conflict and ensuing humanitarian situation in Ukraine continues to escalate, it is vital that charitable donations of goods and money reach their intended causes. UK charities are pivotal to a collective response to this crisis.

Hessle Town Council are in contact with the LGA (Local Government Association), County Associations, our local MP, the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City councils to help provide local support.  For further information on help, how to donate safely and answers to frequently asked questions please click on the following link which will take you to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s dedicated page:


Led by Hessle Town Councillors and local volunteers, a group is currently in the process of being created for Hessle based residents who have signed up to the Governments Homes for Ukraine Scheme to connect and support Ukrainian families and their Hessle hosts.  For anyone wanting to link up with others on the scheme, please contact the Town Hall Office on: 01482 648566 and we will provide contact details of the local co-ordinator.