THE public is being warned to be ‘on their guard’ after cold callers targeted Cumbrian residents.

Cumbria Trading Standards issued the warning after cold callers offered to carry out roofing jobs, and implied that there were funding and subsidies available.

Trading Standards have received reports that cold callers are presently leaflet dropping, and asking consumers to call within five days to register an interest.

Advice for those requiring work said people should consider using local trades people, through recommendation by others.

They should also obtain two or three quotes before making a decision. A website for a list of trades people who have been vetted by Trading Standards is available at

If you have been approached recently, have received a flyer or have any information contact Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06 or contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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