A WIDNES man has reported a suspicious caller who knocked at his door last week while trying to sell household items.

The caller, who was described as a young man in his late teens or early 20s, told the resident that he was an ex-offender on a rehabilitation scheme.

The man asked for his ID and the caller provided his driving licence.

The resident was still wary so he contacted the Probation Service, who informed him that the caller was bogus, the story was fabricated and they had received other similar reports.

Halton Borough Council's executive board member for Trading Standards, Cllr Dave Cargill, said: "If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams."

If you need advice call the Citizens Advice consumer helpline or 03454 040506.