Arrests over alleged false charity clothing collections in Mansfield and Amber Valley

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TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences after police found 40 clothing bins that were allegedly being falsely advertised as collecting for charity.

The men, aged 48 and 53-years-old, were arrested in Carr Vale, Bolsover, yesterday (Wednesday, 17th April).

Searches were also carried out at both of their houses.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and the 48-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The clothing bins were advertised as collecting on behalf of the families of killed or injured servicemen and women.

Police allege that money made from weighing in clothing deposited in the bins was not donated to a registered charity.

Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary are in the process of recovering the clothing bins located in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield and the Amber Valley.

Detective Inspector John Roddis said: “Charities across the country are reliant on donations via clothing bins. When donating clothing in charity bins always look for a registered charity number.”