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Eastern European teens’ charity scam

POLICE have charged two people who allegedly conned south Manchester residents into donating to a bogus charity.

Between 8am and 2pm on Thursday 31 December 2009, two girls described as eastern European and in their late teens or early twenties knocked on houses in the Northernden area claiming they were deaf and dumb.

They carried clipboards and asked residents to sign a form for any donation made.

Two girls, aged 15, have been charged with conspiracy to steal and have been remanded in custody.

Detective Constable Steve Smith, of West Didsbury CID, said: “It is appalling to think someone could pretend to have a disability simply to con generous members of the public out of money.

“If anyone had a call to their home in the Northenden area on or around New Years Eve then please call me on 0161 856 6098.”

People with information can also contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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