We have one round here who's notorious for poking his nose in where it's not wanted... whenever he comes past my house he slows right down to have a look at the tax discs in my car's windscreens. I came home from a night shift once to find him on my drive, kneeling down to have a look under my Rover P6!
Bet you they are still in Hull...including the nag.
Unfortunately the traditional rag and bone men have had had the majority of their business taken away from them by the so called "travellers"
The old days of the scrap man taking away your old cooker for a few quid are largely gone.
They have been replaced by a bunch of criminals who will steal anything that isn't screwed down, and some stuff that is.
They saw an excellent way of making a tax free income by poking in peoples back gardens and taking anything of value.
They are major players in the stolen metal business and are behind a massive amount of the railway cable thefts.
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Looking for a cat no doubt but not the feline type.
However gritty these people are, they save you a shed load in having to pay for the disposal of fridges, freezers, washing machines etc!