Police urge rural communities to be vigilant

By a County Press reporter

Friday, January 24, 2014


POLICE have urged rural communities on the Isle of Wight to be vigilant after reports of a group of men selling tools door-to-door.

Police said it was not known whether the tools were stolen or if the sellers are genuine door-to-door salesmen.

Sgt Mark Lyth, of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Countrywatch, based at Yarmouth Police Station, said that they are investigating after receiving reports of people travelling from the mainland offering tools for sale at rural addresses and farms.

The men were described as male, well built, in their 30s, with broad Irish accents. The men are travelling around the Island in two Ford Transit-style vehicles, one white and one blue.

The men were seen yesterday (Thursday) in Brighstone, Shalcombe, Briddlesford and Ventnor.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Countrywatch team on 101.

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