Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud offences after police found 40 clothing bins in three different counties allegedly being falsely advertised as collecting for charity.
The men, aged 48 and 53-years-old, were arrested in Carr Vale, Bolsover, on Wednesday, April 17.
The clothing bins were advertised as collecting on behalf of the families of killed or injured servicemen and women. It is alleged the bins had stickers on them brandishing the words ‘Help our Fallen Heroes’.
Both men were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and the 48-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Police allege that money made from weighing in clothing deposited in the bins was not donated to a registered charity.
Officers from Derbyshire Constabulary are in the process of recovering the clothing bins located in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield and the Amber Valley.
Detective Inspector John Roddis said: “Charities across the country are reliant on donations via clothing bins. When donating clothing in charity bins always look for a registered charity number.”