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Police warning over bogus charity collectors

Christmas shoppers are being warned to be on their guard against bogus charity collectors.

The police appeal came after an elderly lady in Sudbury was asked by two women carrying clipboards to make a donation but had all the money in her purse stolen while she was distracted by one of them.

The incident happened on 20 November outside the Lady Elizabeth pub at around 1.30pm. The victim, in her 80s and in a wheelchair, was approached by two women described as white, aged between late teens and early 20s and wrapped up in coats and scarves. Both were slim with blonde hair and one might have worn glasses.

Genuine collectors will carry proper accreditation from the charity they represent.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any images that can help the inquiry is asked to contact Suffolk Police and quoting crime reference 37/66302/21

Phone: call 101

Website – http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Email: [email protected]

Crimestoppers – Contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.

More information on common types of fraud and scams - and how to avoid becoming a victim - can be found on the Suffolk Constabulary website here: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/fraudprevention1.pdf