North Yorkshire Police have issued the names of two suspected fraudsters as a nation-wide hunt is stepped up.
John Derek Bush, 33, and Lyndsay Hughes, 25 – both originally from Doncaster, South Yorkshire – are wanted in connection with a series of frauds across North Yorkshire where they have obtained accommodation and hire cars by misrepresentation.
The incidents occurred in Selby, York, Thirsk and in the Malton area during January and February 2011.
There is a possibility that further offences have been committed in other parts of the UK, which is why the appeal has been extended across the country.
Extensive police enquiries have been carried out and remain ongoing, but the suspected offenders have remained elusive.
Bush is described at white, 5ft 10in tall, thinning blond/bald head, stocky build, blue eyes.
Hughes is white, 5ft 5in tall, long mousy hair, slim build, freckled complexion and blue eyes.
PC Andy Palmer, of the Northallerton Priority Crime Team, said: “John Bush and Lyndsay Hughes are suspected of abusing the trust and good faith of businesses in North Yorkshire and leaving them out of pocket. It is possible they have preyed upon other businesses elsewhere in the UK.
“This type of behaviour is calculating and callous and deserves to be punished by the full weight of the law.
“I urge anyone who can help locate the two suspects to contact the police or Crimestoppers without delay.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact PC Andy Palmer at the Northallerton Priority Crime Team, North Yorkshire Police, on 0845 60 60 24 7.
Information can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Please quote the reference number 12110033237.