Warning over air ambulance appeal scam

LEAFLETS promoting a fake charity appeal for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance have been posted in Hucknall.

A company is asking residents to leave good-quality clothing on their doorsteps for collection.

It says the items will be used to raise funds for the life-saving service.

But now the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Trust (LNAACT) has been forced to issue a warning.

The Trust’s chief executive, Peter Aldrick, said: “Despite first impressions, these people are not from a registered charity and they have no connection with the air ambulance.”

The Dispatch was alerted to the scam by Hucknall man Neil Broome, who left bags of clothing for the charity drive.

An unmarked van turned up and a foreign-speaking man got out to collect the clothing. When Mr Broome asked him for identification, he fled.

“It is appalling,” added Mr Broome.