12:15PM, Wednesday 17 August 2016
A group of high street scammers who tried to con shoppers in the Royal Borough by pretending to raise money for a Slough boxing club have been caught.
On Friday, the borough’s community wardens stopped four youngsters in Maidenhead High Street who were falsely claiming to be charity collectors from Slough Amateur Boxing Club.
After being questioned, they were found to have lists with addresses and phone numbers of residents who had unwittingly handed money over to them.
Concerned members of the public had alerted us to a similar incident taking place in Peascod Street, Windsor, in the same week.
The community wardens handed the youngsters over to the police.
A Thames Valley Police spokesperson said: “We contacted our partners at social services and spoke to the boys’ parents and the boys themselves.
“We have given them appropriate advice.”
Manager of Slough Amateur Boxing Club Chris Donovan said he hoped the intervention would put an end to the scam.
He added: “They’re minors so we understand there is not a lot the police can do about it.
“I hope the public will now be wise to what’s going on and if the club decides to do any fundraising in the future people will be aware that we’re genuine.”
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