OSWESTRY's mayor is urging local residents to be vigilant of unexpected visitors to their homes.

Councillor John Price is encouraging people to be aware of who they answer the door to, and if in doubt about anyone, to 'ask for credentials'.

His warning comes in light of a number of incidents reported to the police in the town, of people knocking at properties unannounced as part of 'doorstep scams'.

"If someone knocks at your door claiming to be from a company, ask them if you can see their credentials," Cllr Price said.

"Just ask them if they have ID on them.

"And if in further doubt, tell them to call another time.

"You can even call the company they say they're from to double check.

"I'm also urging people to be vigilant of people knocking the door at their elderly neighbours' houses.

"It's best to be mindful and cautious."

Doorstep scams take place when someone comes to a person's door and tries to scam them out of money, or tries to gain access to their home and they are more commonly used against older people.

Leading older persons charity, Age UK, has issued information on its website about commonly-used scams and advice on how people can protect themselves.

It says: "Scammers are not always pushy and persuasive, some may even seem police or friendly so if you're not expecting someone, it is important to be vigilant when you answer the door, especially if you live on your own.

"It can be very easy to fall victim to a scam, but you can be scam savvy if you know what to look out for."

For more information on doorstep scams, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/scams-fraud/doorstep-scams.

Alternatively, call the police on 101 if you are not in immediate danger but want to report an incident, or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org