Highlands & Islands

Second cold call control zone to be set up in Inverness

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Image caption A pilot control zone was set up in 2012

A second cold call control zone (CCCZ) is to be set up in Inverness.

A pilot involving Army families and their neighbours living in the city's Wimberley Way was started in 2012. It was the first CCCZ in the Highlands.

The new zone will include residents in the Highfield Avenue and Blarmore Avenue area of the city's Muirtown.

Businesses cannot be prevented from entering a CCCZ, however, streets signs and window stickers promoting the zone may act as a deterrent.

An offence can be committed when a trader refuses to leave a property if asked to do so.

Highland Council said the region had 259 reported incidents of doorstep crime involving the loss of £95,000 last year.

The new zone has support from Muirtown Community Council, local authority trading standards officers and Police Scotland.

Community council chairman James Kidd said he hoped residents would back the setting up of the CCCZ.

He said: "The cold call control zone encourages everyone in the area to look out for each other."

The Army community in Inverness is linked to the city's Cameron Barracks and Fort George at nearby Ardersier.

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