Police appeal for information on potential Poppy Appeal con man targeting people in Grantham

Lincolnshire Police.
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A man was arrested at Grantham Hospital on suspicion of wearing a military uniform without permission on November 12.

He was found wearing full British Army uniform and trying to portray himself as a member of the Armed Forces.

The man was in possession of a large amount of Royal British Legion ‘Poppy Appeal’ items and cash. Lincolnshire Police is now investigating whether this man has portrayed himself as a member of the Armed Forces to collect and receive charity payments for his own benefit.

He does not reside in the Grantham area, he is from the north-east. Officers are keen to ascertain whether he approached anyone in Grantham on or around Wednesday, November 12, collecting or selling items for the Poppy Appeal.

The arrested man is white and in his early 20s (with a baby face). 5’ 6” tall, of a slim build, with short, light brown hair. He was wearing a current multi-terrain pattern combat long-sleeve shirt displaying the Union Jack on the right arm and the rank of Corporal on the front epaulette, multi-terrain combat trousers with green webbing belt and black Army-style boots. He was also wearing a black military beret displaying the regimental cap badge of The Princess of Wales Regiment.

The suspect may have told members of the public he was a member of the Royal Signals, Territorial Army or the Army Cadets as part of his story.

He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Pc Jonathan Smyth, community patrol officer at Grantham Police Station. He can be reached via the non-emergency 101 number or via jonathan.smyth@lincs.pnn.police.uk