Salesman ordered to leave village for illegal doorstep trading
A DOORSTEP salesman was asked to leave a village by police because he did not have an official pedlar's certificate.
Residents reported sightings of a door-to-door seller in the Blackwell Lane area of Melbourne on Saturday at about 5.30pm.
He was found by officers, who discovered he did not to have a pedlar's certificate, which is required for anyone selling door-to-door. He was advised to leave the area and not to sell goods until he had proper certification.
A further incident was reported in Ticknall area around 6.30pm, though the man ran off before officers could locate him. He left a bag of cleaning products behind.
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Sgt Steve Todd, who manages the policing teams for the area, said: "It is not illegal to sell goods door to door. However, sellers must carry a police-issued pedlar's certificate, which shows the crest of the police force where it was issued, the name of the officer that approved it and the name and details of the seller."