COLD-HEARTED con artists have been doing the rounds over Christmas, claiming to be from the local food bank.

The Mercury has had reports of a group of people in their 20s cold-calling at homes in the town and asking for donations to the Bridgwater food bank.

Andrew Dickson, who lives in Alexandra Road, first raised the alarm last week.

He said: “There was a group of people who came round, all in their early 20s, collecting for the food bank but they had no documentation on them.

“They were singing carols as well.

“I didn’t know what to give them, so I gave them £1.

“Later on, my wife found a tin of fruit by our car and a few days ago my neighbour found a whole bag of groceries in her wheelie bin.”

Mr Dickson said the group were just after money but most people had donated food, which was no good to them so they just dumped it.

He said: “If any elderly person living on their own was approached it could put them at risk.”

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset police warned people to be cautious of doorstep callers and issued the following advice.

“If in doubt, don’t let the person into your home and check the caller’s identification.

“If you’re uncertain, check with the charity directly to ensure they are working for them.

“Genuine charities are registered with the Charity Commission – you can find their registration details on all of their documentation like leaflets and collection bags.

“Check the details and contact the Charity Commission to check they are authentic.

“Call on 0845 300 0218 or visit

“Any suspicious activity should be reported to us by calling 101, including details of the vehicles and people involved.”