Fake charity collectors arrested in Coventry city centre

Three women were detained by police on Tuesday in Coventry city centre having been caught falsely representing charity collectors.

It is unknown which charity the women – aged 35, 19 and 18 – were claiming to represent. The arrests of the fraudulent behaviour was announced via St. Michael’s Police Twitter feed.

“3 women arrested in #coventry city centre this afternoon for fraud – claiming to work for a charity and taking money from victims. #scam,” the tweet from Tuesday afternoon read.

“Three women, aged 35, 19 and 18 were arrested in Coventry on suspicion of fraud,” the West Midlands Police spokesman said.

“They are currently in police custody.”

Coventry City Council gave the go ahead to stricter rules on charity collectors in the city centre under the Public Spaces Protection Order in March. Under this Order, £100 fines and criminal records can be issued to offenders.

Neighbourhood officers are able to issue the fines, although no date has yet been set for when the changes from the Order will come into effect.

Charity collectors will be limited to only approaching people in some areas in the city such as Trinity Street, The Burges, and Ironmonger Row for those that gain the council’s permission.

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