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Five charged with fraud

PUBLISHED: 13:04 01 November 2018

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area. Photo: PA

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area. Photo: PA

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Five men have been summoned to court in connection with an investigation into a group who allegedly posed as tree surgeons and defrauded elderly people of money.

One incident was alleged to have taken place on Thursday, November 9 in Southend, a further two in Benfleet and Hullbridge on Monday, November 13 and two more in Benfleet on Thursday, November 16.

Mark Thwaites, 39, of Childs Crescent, Swanscombe, has been charged in connection with all the alleged incidents.

Keegan Waters, 18, of Hinguar Street, Shoeburyness, has been charged in connection with the incidents on November 9 and November 16.

30-year-old James Cook of Byfletts, Basildon has been charged in connection with the incidents on November 13.

Mark Orsbourne, 40, of Portreeve Court, The Terrace, Gravesend, has been charged in connection with the incidents in Benfleet on November 13 and the second of the incidents in Benfleet on November 16.

Jake Rush, 23, of Clay Hill Road, Basildon, has been charged in connection with the second of the incidents in Benfleet on November 16.

All five men have been charged with fraud by false representation and are due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on December 10.

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