POLICE have confirmed that no criminal offences were committed by cold callers in Barnsley after an investigation.

This month, Barnsley officers issued an appeal after a series of suspicious incidents took place in Worsbrough and Kendray.

It was reported that a man wearing an orange high-visability jacket was cold calling residents claiming to work for Berneslai Homes - but following an investigation by the police and Barnsley Council, it was found this was not true.

However the investigation also found that no criminal offences were committed and the men visiting the addresses were cold calling on behalf of a claims company.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We can confirm this company was not working in partnership with Barnsley Council or Berneslai Homes at the time and they have been spoken to and given suitable advice regarding any future visits in our area.

“The individuals who have made complaints to police have been spoken to directly and provided with full details.

“We continue to encourage people not to let anybody into their home who they have not been expecting and then only to do so after they have checked ID and are satisfied the visit is legitimate.”