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Daughter criticises Leicestershire Police's response after a door-step seller threatens to stab her 87 year-old father in Oakham

A concerned daughter has criticised the police’s response after a door-step seller threatened to stab her elderly father.

Sue Marsh’s father was at home watching television when two door-step sellers arrived at his Oakham home.

The 87 year-old didn’t respond to one of the men ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door, but when he banged on the window, the pensioner went to the door.


When he told the man he wasn’t interested, a second man appeared, saying “If you don’t buy anything, I’m going to come back, break your windows and stab you”.

Sue, who lives in Cottesmore, said: “I rang 999 straightaway and gave them the full details of what happened but nobody arrived.

“If you need someone to come, nobody will come out.

“All they did was put it out for observation and there was nobody to do observations.

“I just think it’s terrible. It really scared Dad.

“PC Joe Lloyd contacted me the following day and then went to see Dad the day after that, and he was smashing.

"The Oakham PCSO also came out to check on him too which was good."

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police, said: “Shortly before 6pm on June 11, we received a report that a man had been threatened at his address in Oakham.

“The call was made by someone known to the victim, who was not at the property when the incident occurred.

“All calls received by the force are graded based on an assessment of the threat and risk posed at the time and officers are deployed accordingly.

“At the time the call was received, officers in the area were committed to other incidents.

“As the suspects were reported to have left the address, re-assurance and prevention advice was given to the victim and officers were not immediately dispatched to the location or redirected from other incidents.

“The victim was contacted by officers and did not wish to pursue the initial report.”

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