Warning as police receive reports of possible rogue fish traders in Lincoln

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Police and environmental health officers are warning people to be on the lookout for possible rogue traders in the Lincoln area following reports of men in a white van selling ‘poor quality fish’.

On Thursday, September 28, police received two reports from suspicious residents that men in a white Ford Transit van were selling fish on Hartsholme Drive in Lincoln and Billingborough.

In both cases, residents felt suspicious of the legitimacy of the trade.

Larry Flumper, who saw the van and was suspicious of the men selling fish, told The Lincolnite: “There was a white Ford Transit travelling around Lincoln and surrounding areas.

“The occupants were three large built males with scouse accents wearing white coats.

“They called at our door as we were returning home on Hartsholme Drive.

“I was immediately suspicious and Googled the vehicle reg plate and got people’s bad experiences from there.

“I contacted the police.”

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We are looking into the matter and passing on details to Trading Standards.

“We are also making the local policing teams aware.

“Our advice would be not to be pressured into any kind of purchase. If you have any doubts at all, give us a call on 101 or speak to your local policing team.”

Sara Boothright, Environmental Health Manager from City of Lincoln Council added: “Environmental Health were made aware of someone selling poor quality fish around Lincoln yesterday.

“It doesn’t appear that this person is known to us, so we will be carrying out further enquiries.”