Two men in custody following investigation into Ripon bogus callers

7 June 2013

PoliceTwo men have now appeared at court in connection with an investigation into bogus callers in Ripon.

The court appearance relate to incidents in Ripon which occurred between Thursday 18 April and Monday 22 April 2013, when workmen called at the victims’ homes and overcharged for work.

Gavin James Findley, 29, of Elizabeth Road, Newark, Nottinghamshire, was arrested on 22 April and released on conditional police bail while further enquiries were carried out.

He was charged on 5 June 2013 with four counts of fraud by false representation, one charge of burglary and one charge of failing to surrender to the police.

He appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 6 June and was remanded in custody to appear at York Crown Court on Tuesday 18 June 2013.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Smith, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

I would like to take this opportunity to remind homeowners that they shouldn’t use the services of cold callers to their homes. Rather, they should use someone who has advertised in local media or, better still, a tradesperson who has been recommended.

illiam King, 35, of Newark, appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday 4 June 2013, charged with three counts of fraud by false representation.

He was also  remanded into custody and will appear at York Crown Court on Tuesday 18 June 2013.

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