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Warning to shoppers after men try to sell TVs from back of a van in Ashford

Kent Police is warning shoppers to be cautious about parting with their cash after two men were seen trying to sell smart televisions from the back of a van in Ashford.

Officers seized six Samsung flat screen televisions from the two men following the incident on Friday 9 November 2018.

Samsung curved TVs

Police were called to the car park of a DIY superstore in Norman Road just before 2pm when the two men were seen driving around the car park trying to sell the Samsung curved TVs to members of the public.

Shortly afterwards the two men and their white van were located in the car park of a supermarket in nearby Kimberley Walk.

Working with Trading Standards

Inspector Jason Atkinson of Ashford Community Safety Unit said: ‘When asked, the men could not account for the televisions, so we will be working with Trading Standards to establish the origin and legitimacy of the TVs.

‘I would like to urge shoppers not to be taken in by dubious deals in the run up to Christmas. These televisions were wrapped in bubble-wrap and were not boxed, as you would expect them to be if they were genuine items for sale, and the instructions were poor quality photocopies.

Don't be taken in by dubious deals

‘All this should sound warning alarms to shoppers that the so-called bargains could be fakes, seconds, faulty or even stolen. Because if something seems too good to be true, it almost certainly is.’


Inspector Atkinson said police had not received any reports from people who had bought televisions from the two men.

‘If you did buy a television please come forward because you may be able to provide important information about the incident or help support a potential prosecution,’ he said.

Were you taken in?

Please contact Kent Police on 01843 222289 quoting reference 09-0926. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.

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