A man has pleaded guilty to acting as a marketer while not a certificate following calls from an involved member of the general public in Salisbury.

Ryan David Steel, 24, of Stockton-on-Tees, appeared in Salisbury Magistrates Court yesterday (August 27) charged with the offence.

On May 9, Police received a variety of calls from residents in Bouverie Avenue reporting that Steel had tried to sell product at their doorsteps, claiming to be from the Probation Service.

A description was passed to officers and a police unit was sent. Steel was seen carrying a carryall with home items – he handed officers a faux pedlar’s certificate and was arrested on scene.

Yesterday he was penalised £150, ordered to pay Crown Prosecution Service costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £30.

PC Mark Douglas said: “This case shows that we will act on the information we receive from the public – in this case, we received several calls from concerned residents who were suspicious of Steel’s behaviour. Thanks to the description passed on to our call handlers, we were able to locate him quickly and seize the items he was attempting to sell.

“I’d urge anyone to report any concerns regarding door-to-door salespeople via 101.”