Mrs Robinson, 48, said: “The man explained the children were walking 5k and that last year it was rained off, so the boy was really looking forward to it. I filled my details in on the form he had and handed over £5.
“The little boy put a tick in the box to indicate I had paid in advance. I could see my neighbours had done the same. Half an hour later as I drove down my road I saw the man with a group of people including two policemen and a squad car.
“I was shocked, more because of the children involved. There was another couple with an older girl covering the opposite side of the road.
“How do these people sleep at night?”*sighs*
Nadia El Hatimi, PCSO for the area, said: “The police were called. We found two men, a young boy, and a woman with a pushchair and child. We had our suspicions and they are known to the police. We seized the money from them and an officer is now dealing with the incident.
“The money will be donated to the PDSA as residents thought that was where the cash was originally going.”And what charges will be brought?