Monday, December 15, 2008

FW: Bogus Caller and Raffle Tickets


Dear Panel Members/NHW Coordinators,

Some of you may be aware that Fullwell SNT has been doing a lot of work relating to bogus callers.

One particular area of concern was raised by Tracey at the last Ward Panel meeting and relates to a male calling door-to-door claiming to be a Fireman and selling raffle tickets in aid of a daughter suffering from leukaemia. Both these claims are false. This has also been featured in the Ilford Recorder.

As the direct result of our work the same suspect has been arrested twice for these offences, and he has now been charged with several matters. He was taken to court in custody but subsequently granted bail. As this matter is subject to current court proceedings I am limited to what I can say at this stage, but I am certain you will be hearing a great deal more about this in the New Year.

We have since received similar reports of a male calling at doors in the Fullwell area selling raffle tickets for a daughter with leukaemia. Whilst the most recent reports do not feature the Fireman aspect they are strikingly similar in method to the previous offences. At this stage we are unable to identify the caller as being one in the same with the person on bail, otherwise he would already be arrested. If it is however, and we are able to apprehend him committing further offences, we would not only have the further offences, but also a possible breach of conditional bail to take back before the court.

The male from the most recent incidents is described as a white male, aged 35-40, 5 ft 6 inches tall, with short dark brown hair, scruffy appearance. The tickets offered for sale are standard cloakroom tickets. The common theme is the claim to be collecting on behalf of a daughter suffering with leukaemia.

Please circulate this information as widely as possible and inform your members that if the suspect is still there or nearby a 999 call is justified. Officers responding should be aware of the situation, but it would also be helpful if the caller could mention the SN interest and the Recorder article to assist the call centre staff. If anyone has further information, or reports of a more historical nature, please call the team on 020 8721 2570 as normal.

NWW members responding to the work of the SN Team and others have already secured significant success in this area, and we are grateful for your continued help.

Chris Chandler PS 18JI
Fullwell SNT

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