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About 1305h on Saturday 13th April 2002, a call was received at Nairn Police Office from an elderly resident within the town stating that three men of Irish origin had just attended at her home and had attempted to sell her a three piece suite.

The resident stated that one of the males had initially attended at her home unaccompanied and had asked to see the furniture within the house. On refusing this, the male then entered the house uninvited and walked through to the living room where he apparently inspected the furniture and then insisted that the lady should purchase a new 3 piece suite.

The elderly lady repeatedly requested that the male should leave her home however he continued to insist she make a puchase in a very persuasive and intimidating manner. The lady then observed a white transit van parked outside her house and another younger male at the rear of the van removing a cream leather type chair. The male who was then standing with the lady insisted that the chair be brought to her house and on her refusal, the males eventually left.

Following this report, Police at Nairn stopped a white Irish plated transit van in the town and spoke to three Irish males who match the description given by the elderly resident who had been visited earlier that day. The males however, denied being at the lady's house and stated that they had only arrived in the area that day from Elgin. It is understood that the men are in possession of a Pedlars Certificate with an expiry date of August 2002.

Police in the Northern Constabulary area are warning residents - particularly elderly and vulnerable residents - that a number of such people are travelling in the area selling goods which are of dubious quality and whose sales technique is of a pushy and intimidating nature which can be very frightening resulting in the men securing a sale which has not originally been intended by the customer. Anyone who has been approached by these men or who has information on their whereabouts is asked to contact their local police office immediately.