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Warning to Lichfield and Burntwood businesses after charity scam

Police are warning Lichfield and Burntwood businesses as they hunt a man arrested in connection with a scam.

Officers in Staffordshire teamed up with the Cheshire Constabulary and West Mercia Police to investigate reports of a man saying he was collecting sponsorship for a run or marathon in aid of a Leukaemia charity.

Nicholas Slocombe

Nicholas Slocombe

The claims are believed to be false and in April, police arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Slocombe on suspicion of fraud by false representation in connection with more than 30 incidents across Shropshire, Herefordshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

He was interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries, but he failed to answer that bail in May and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

PC Steve Perry, who is co-ordinating the police investigation, appealed for the public’s help in finding Slocombe, who is also believed to use the names Owen Roswell and Arron Renfrey. He said:

“Mr Slocombe is wanted on suspicion of a large number of fraud offences across four counties, after failing to answer police bail last month. If anyone knows of his whereabouts or recognises him, please could they contact West Mercia Police immediately on 0300 333 3000.

“I would also urge any shops or other businesses who might be approached by persons asking for sponsorship or charity donations to make thorough checks first to ensure that the person collecting is genuine. Ideally, do not hand over any money there and then if you wish to sponsor a person and contact the charity they say they are collecting on behalf of to check their credentials.”

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