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Darlington traders warned to be vigilant after suspect charity collector targets market store
VIGILANCE is being urged among Darlington traders after suspicions were raised by a suspected rogue charity collector.
The man, who is described as having ginger hair and being well dressed in a grey suit, attempted to collect a Ghurka charity tin from the DVD shop at the Covered Market, but scarpered when asked for ID by the shopkeeper.
Albert Nowicki, senior market officer, warned traders to be on the lookout and to make sure they only hand over their charity collections to indentified officials.
He said: “It was lucky this trader had a regular contact that he rings when his box is full, because shopkeepers can take people at face value and hand over their charity box without thinking too much about it – especially if the person is well-dressed in a suit as this man was.”
Acting Sergeant Andy Garside of Darlington Police reinforced the message that ID should always be requested from anybody claiming to represent a charity.
He said: “People should be vigilant and make sure that the people they are dealing with are who they claim they are.
“Just as I sometimes get asked for ID in my job, if people are genuine they don’t mind, so don’t be afraid to ask.”
Anybody who suspects they have been targeted by a rogue charity collector should contact the police on 101.
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