Police hunt bogus charity collector

Police are investigating a serious assault in South Queensferry which has left a 20-year-old man in a critical condition
Police are investigating a serious assault in South Queensferry which has left a 20-year-old man in a critical condition
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A suspected bogus charity collector claiming to be from the British Parachute Regiment is being hunted by police.

Enquiries are underway following a complaint that a man attended a property in Dalmahoy Crescent in Balerno at around 3pm on Wednesday 2nd July and claimed to be collecting money on behalf of the charity.

The man, who was unable to show photographic identification, stated that he had been carrying out door-to-door collections elsewhere in the area and was promising that a “thank-you pack” would be distributed to anyone who donated money.

Detective Constable Ben Leathes said: “Earlier this month we had similar incidents reported to Police Scotland elsewhere in the city, from homeowners in Hutchison Loan and Spylaw Bank Road.

“There is clearly a concern that a man is duping people into believing that he is working for the British Parachute Regiment and we are working hard to trace the person responsible.”

The suspect is described as white, between 25 and 35 years old, around 5ft 10in and of slim build. He has short, dark hair, with a pale complexion and with acne on his cheeks and forehead.

It is understood he was wearing a maroon beret with a wings emblem on the front, a camouflage jacket and matching trousers, and black boots.

DC Leathes added: “We would urge anyone who knows anything about the identity of the suspect or who suspects that they may have been a victim of this bogus worker to get in touch immediately.

“Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, phone the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”