Rogue traders and pushy doorstep sellers across the UK were targeted in a UK wide week of activity between October 17 and 21.

Dyfed Powys Police along with partner agencies including Trading Standards, Waste Disposal, Vosa (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency) and the Environment Agency, joined forces and took part in targeting offenders and raising community awareness.

During the week, 55 police officers took part in various roles during the operation, which included stopping over 200 vehicles within the force area. A number of arrests were made during the operation for various offences, including theft and recovery of a vehicle, going equipped, possession of drugs, use of red diesel in vehicles, scrap metal offences and six vehicles were seized under Road Traffic offences.

Neighbourhood Policing teams also engaged with vulnerable residents across the force area providing community advice on Rogue Trader activity and practical methods to avoid becoming victims of such crime. Leaflets were also circulated to numerous sheltered housing complexes to raise awareness and numerous referrals were made to the Bobby Van scheme for free improved and increased security measures to premises.

Detective Superintendent Simon Powell said: "This operation targeted unscrupulous rogues and the crime that can be associated with them. Rogue traders, cold callers and distraction burglars have a devastating impact on people's lives, and often prey on the most vulnerable in our society. This week was an important opportunity for Dyfed Powys Police and our partner agencies to demonstrate that these types of crimes will not be tolerated, and to raise awareness within our communities to help avoid people becoming victims."

Anyone who has concerns in relation to rogue traders, cold callers or any suspicious activity at their home should contact the police on 101.