RESIDENTS are being urged to be on their guard against chainsaw-selling cold callers that are posing a threat to public safety.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) is warning against people selling chainsaws door-to-door, after safety concerns about the products and complaints about the practice have been raised.

WRS joint committee chairman, Coun Marcus Hart, said: “Chainsaws are potentially lethal, unless used by experienced operators.

“We are concerned that equipment like this has been offered for sale within Worcestershire without required safety warnings or appropriate instructions for use. So please be on your guard – and be safe.”

Consumers are advised to use trusted suppliers and known outlets rather than purchasing from door-to-door sellers.

Residents should be wary of anyone cold calling at their properties, whether this is offering to sell goods, carryout household repairs or merely trying to gain access to the property. Legitimate contractors and callers do not operate in this manner.

To report an incident or for advice contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06. To report suspicious activity you can contact West Mercia Police on 101.