Conman dressed as soldier in veterans charity scam

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A FAKE charity collector dressed in full military uniform was caught trying to dupe unsuspecting shoppers into handing over their cash by claiming to be from a war veterans’ organisation.

The imposter, wearing American combat fatigues, claimed he was from North-East not-for-profit company Veterans’ Response.

But it turned out the 29-year-old, of Pallion, Sunderland, had no permission to collect on its behalf, so the police were called in.

The man has been given a caution for committing fraud by false representation.

Ian Driver, a spokesman for Veterans’ Response, said: “This man had the intention of taking money from the general public and spitting in the faces of all veterans who fought and died for our country.”

“This is unbelievable. It really is the lowest of the low. “

Police were called after the man was spotted in the Keel Row shopping centre in Blyth, Northumberland, by a former veteran suspicious of the collector’s credentials due to the way he was dressed.

Mr Driver is now backing a bid to make it a criminal offence to impersonate a regular, reservist or veteran.