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Residents in Rhydyfelin and neighbouring communities are being urged to be vigilant, following reports of suspicious cold-callers operating in the area

Residents in Rhydyfelin and neighbouring communities are being urged to be vigilant, following reports of suspicious cold-callers operating in the area.

With many homes affected by recent flooding and a major clean-up operation underway, residents should be cautious of visitors turning up unannounced at their properties.

Joy Nicholls, crime reduction advisor, said: “One local resident informed us that three people were knocking on doors claiming to be from gas and electricity suppliers, despite none of them carrying any identification.

“Legitimate callers should always have ID and will be happy to wait outside the home while the authenticity of that ID is checked by the resident.

“With many local residents particularly vulnerable at the moment, given recent events, I’d encourage everyone to particularly vigilant and to also keep an eye out for their neighbours.

“We have stepped up patrols in the area, and enquiries are underway, but if you believe a caller to your address – or that of a neighbour – to be suspicious in any way then please contact police immediately, taking note of descriptions or details of any vehicles being used as this could be valuable to an investigation.”

Anyone with concerns or information should contact 101, or 999 in an emergency.