19th Jan, 2020

Alleged bogus official in Solihull faces fraud charge

Editorial Correspondent 13th Jan, 2020 Updated: 13th Jan, 2020

A 37-YEAR-OLD man has been remanded in custody charged with fraud after allegedly posing as a bogus official in Solihull  and charging £20 to remove rubbish.

Officers at Solihull Police were investigating reports after a Lyndon man was allegedly conned into handing over £20 to a bogus official to remove rubbish on December 27 – however the rubbish was not taken away.

Following police enquiries, David Payne, of Colebrook Road, Sparkhill, was arrested and charged. He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday January 6 and was remanded in custody to appear again on February 27.

Lyndon, Elmdon, Olton and Silhill Police have since issued the following warning: “Please do not accept any work to be completed from someone who knocks on your door, if you would like a ‘No cold caller’ sign please get in touch and we can drop off in the Leos areas.”

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