County backs 'scam' musical

THEATRE performances are to be hosted by Devon County Council's Trading Standards Service and Devon and Cornwall Police in the latest drive to warn people against scams. Scambusters! The Musical" will be performed on Wednesday, March 4 in Bideford's Pol

THEATRE performances are to be hosted by Devon County Council's Trading Standards Service and Devon and Cornwall Police in the latest drive to warn people against scams."Scambusters! The Musical" will be performed on Wednesday, March 4 in Bideford's Pollyfield Centre at 11am and again later at Braunton Parish Hall at 3pm.The shows are particularly aimed at raising awareness among the elderly about misleading postal draws, and lotteries. They also advise on how to deal with unscrupulous traders offering their services for poor workmanship and overpriced work.The show is based on actual events and the audience will meet Sydney, the victim of a rogue tarmac tradesman, and Mary, who believes she has won a Holiday of a Lifetime. It has been developed by the Solomon Theatre Company in conjunction with Trading Standards, Police Forces and Community Safety Officers.Devon County Council Leader Brian Greenslade said: "This initiative has the full support of Devon County Council. By presenting information through performance, the message about scams and distraction burglary is put across in a lively and memorable way without making the audience feel unduly threatened."Doors will open at 10.30am and 2.30pm with performances starting at 11am and 3pm - and both performances are FREE! Refreshments will be available and there may be an opportunity to meet officers from Trading Standards and the Police. For further information and to reserve tickets please call Devon County Council's Trading Standards Service on 01392 381381 or e-mail tsadvice@devon.gov.uk


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