Charity targeted by child bogus fundraisers

A seven-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl have been caught attempting to collect money from householders by claiming to represent a local charity.

The pint-sized con artists went door-to-door in Leadgate, County Durham, on Easter Monday, saying that they were collecting money for the local Methodist chapel.

They were apprehended after calling at the home of a volunteer for the Open Arms Foundation, a charity based in the chapel that provides social and befriending services for the elderly and people with physical disabilities or mental illness.

The children were sent home to the parents and scolded, but the police did not get involved.

A spokeswoman for the organisation said she regretted the incident. She said the charity is not licensed to collect door-to-door, adding that it would not send under-10s to do so.

Although these children may be among the youngest to try their hand at bogus charity collection, they are certainly not the first. The Spring has seen a spate of similar incidents.

On Good Friday, a thief in Coventry gained entrance into a 75-year-old woman’s home and stole her purse after claiming to be a charity collector.

A similar attempted burglary happened last month in Wolverhampton, when two men claiming to represent the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals entered an 81-year-old woman’s home and went through a drawer.

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