Schoolgirl street scam

Commercial Street, Brighouse
Commercial Street, Brighouse

A 12-year-old school girl has been caught scamming members of the public by conning them out of money saying she was collecting for a cancer charity.

The incident happened in Brighouse town centre on March 18 during the morning as the girl wearing a school uniform approached people and encouraged them to donate.

Elaine Walton, was one who donated but had concerns over the girl and reported it to the police.

“I was approached by a girl who looked aged around 10 or 11. She had a school uniform on and said she was asking for sponsors for Cancer Trust.

“She had lots of names on the form.

“It would have been my husband’s 54th birthday and he was on my mind as he died from Cancer in August last year and because my heart is close to this charity I signed the form and gave the girl £5 which she put in a plastic bag to take back to school.

“When I got back to my office I rang Bradford Grammar School (the girl said she was from there). They had never heard of this girl and she certainly was not at their school and the school was not collecting for Cancer Trust. I don’t think I was the only person tricked by this young girl.”

Police enquiries were made and they managed to track down the girl and cautioned her.

Inspector David Shaw, of the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We received one call shortly after 8.30am on Tuesday, March 18, reporting concerns about a girl collecting money in Brighouse town centre.

“The girl said she was collecting money for a cancer charity and gave details of her name and school she attended. The caller handed money over and signed a form but on making further enquiries found there was no girl of the name given registered at that school. A search was made of the area but the girl was not located.

“Following further enquiries by officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, the girl involved was identified and has been issued with a community resolution. The 12-year-old will also be paying back the money taken.”