Torrent of late-night calls sparks Gazette campaign

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The Gazette today launches a campaign after hundreds of people were plagued by unwanted late-night calls.

Scores of people across Northumberland were telephoned late at night or in the early hours of the morning last week.

But when they answered, they heard a recorded, automated message – a robocall – offering them a government-sponsored energy deal for solar panels.

Our Facebook page has been inundated with complaints.

Robocalls are becoming more prolific and the recent spate at unsociable hours has been the final straw for some readers. So we are lobbying the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to Stop Nuisance Robocalls.

Gazette editor Paul Larkin said: “There is nothing more annoying or worrying than getting a call in the middle of the night .

“We will do whatever we can to call a halt to this obnoxious practice, which is spoiling some people’s lives.”

MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, Sir Alan Beith, has given his backing to the campaign.

He said: “These calls are reaching epidemic proportions and the latest round of calls to people in the middle of the night is unacceptable.

“I hope the Information Commissioner will act on this campaign and I will be speaking to him about what action can be taken, as well as working with Ofcom.

“I am also working with my Liberal Democrat colleague Mike Crockart MP, who has been tackling this issue to see whether we need to work in Parliament to strengthen the law.”

The ICO is investigating the recent late-night robocalls.