Two men have been arrested in connection with suspected bogus charity collections
TWO men have been arrested in connection with suspected bogus charity collection in Limerick this week.
On Thursday, gardaí arrested two men following reports of people distributing leaflets for a suspected fraudulent charity in the Annacotty area.
Gardaí have thanked the community of Annacotty for their assistance in reporting the group, who were calling to houses in the area alleging they were raising money by collecting clothing.
“The community in Annacotty should be commended for this,” Sergeant Ber Leetch said.
“Someone obviously didn’t think this was a genuine charity and phoned it in, which is exactly what we want to see.”
“No genuine business or charity will mind you carrying out your own enquiries or calling An Garda Síochána,” Sgt Leetch added.
The two men who were arrested were brought to Mayorstone Park Garda Station and detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
They have since been released and a file will be prepared for the DPP.
“If a person calls to your door offering you professional trade services, selling goods or collecting for a charity and you are worried they are not bona fide, tell the caller that you never deal with people who ‘cold call’ to your door,” Sgt Leetch said.
“Ask for a brochure or documentation so you can carry out checks and verify their credibility. We always want to hear if there are people in the area who may be offering goods or services that are not genuine so don't be afraid to pick up the phone and call us.”