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Air ambulance targeted by criminals in fake uniforms

Filed under: Air Ambulance News — Posted by: Andrew on February 21, 2012

A charity is being conned out of its recycled clothes which the public had graciously donated. They were to raise funds for an air ambulance charity in the North West but they hadn’t even been picked up before criminals collected them by using fake uniforms and flyers before having sent to the continent to be sold.

The Air Ambulance service has estimated that the thieves are costing them £1,000 per week. The criminals are targeting North West towns, informing the general public that the clothes will be picked up on a particular day but these items are not going where they should.

The Air Ambulance charity has film which shows the clothing being stolen and transported in the back of transit vans. The charity never sees any of the proceeds from the sales of these items, however.

The charity, to maintain the cost of its two helicopters, needs to raise £4.2 million each and every year, and is thinking about putting a stop to collections on a temporary basis, intending to stop the criminal activity.

Lynda Brislin, the chief executive of the charity, is clearly very disappointed over the situation and the measures they may be forced to take.

“We are appalled people are taking these clothes knowing full well they have been donated to a charity. We are sadly thinking of taking the drastic measure of halting our collections for one month in the hope the police and trading standards officials could flush out the people who are hurting the charity financially. I am extremely saddened by this situation”.

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