Chainsaw cold callers could kill

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.

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3:45pm Sat 2 Feb 13

CJH says...

First: alliteration gone mad in the headline (cold callers could kill) Second: It's the chain saws that could kill (dangerous though that is), not the cold callers. Headline makes it sound like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Third: Who would be mad enough to buy a chainsaw from a cold caller?
First: alliteration gone mad in the headline (cold callers could kill) Second: It's the chain saws that could kill (dangerous though that is), not the cold callers. Headline makes it sound like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Third: Who would be mad enough to buy a chainsaw from a cold caller? CJH
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4:42pm Sat 2 Feb 13

induby says...

I totally agree CJH, im growing increasingly annoyed by these misleading headlines, sensationalism in its cheapest, tackiest form.
I totally agree CJH, im growing increasingly annoyed by these misleading headlines, sensationalism in its cheapest, tackiest form. induby
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7:01pm Sat 2 Feb 13

bobnohope says...

Never heard of these being sold door to door before.
Where have they been sold?
Who has a garden big enough to warrant purchasing a chain saw.
I,ve got a chainsaw operators certificate, so if they,re at the right price, in good condition and come with a tank of fuel, let me know, I'm interested. Haha
Never heard of these being sold door to door before. Where have they been sold? Who has a garden big enough to warrant purchasing a chain saw. I,ve got a chainsaw operators certificate, so if they,re at the right price, in good condition and come with a tank of fuel, let me know, I'm interested. Haha bobnohope
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8:55pm Sat 2 Feb 13

lizzyloolah says...

Someone is selling chainsaws but the murder in a local prison doesnt get a mention.... although it has in the Bromsgrove and Leamington local papers!
Someone is selling chainsaws but the murder in a local prison doesnt get a mention.... although it has in the Bromsgrove and Leamington local papers! lizzyloolah
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8:57pm Sat 2 Feb 13

lizzyloolah says...

Ooops just found it. Better late than never I suppose.
Ooops just found it. Better late than never I suppose. lizzyloolah
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10:01am Sun 3 Feb 13

Guy66 says...

I brought one and now I have type with one hand!
I brought one and now I have type with one hand! Guy66
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