A man who went door-to-door defrauding elderly, vulnerable people has been sentenced to unpaid work and a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order.
Mark Mitchell, 41, of Eltham Drive, Nottingham, admitted two offences of fraud by false representation relating to his selling of window and door alarms to elderly people.
The court heard Mitchell targeted vulnerable people, entering their homes and making them feel compelled, often through fear, to but window and door alarms.
Mitchell came to the attention of Nottinghamshire Police after a number of complaints were received over a three-year period.
Mitchell was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid community work and a Criminal Behaviour Order which will run for five years.
This order prohibits him from visiting, entering or remaining at any retirement home, nursing home or sheltered housing complex for elderly or vulnerable people within the county of Nottinghamshire without the prior and continuing consent of the residents. He is also prohibited from being in possession of any type of household door or window alarm in a public place.
Detective Constable Caroline Dobson said: “This has been a lengthy case which has taken a joint approach between Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham City Council to bring Mark Mitchell to justice.
“We feel strongly about protecting the elderly and vulnerable people of Nottingham whilst in their own homes from door to door sellers.
“No one should be made to feel frightened in their own home by pushy sellers to the point where they feel they have to pay, just to get the person out of the door.”