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Police arrest gang of bogus Big Issue sellers operating across borough

Proceeds to be handed over to 'genuine local charity'

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Bogus Big Issue sellers have been arrested by police in Banbridge.

Police have confirmed details of the arrests on Friday after reports from members of the public.

And they say that involved had been operating at various locations across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon borough over recent times.

Police have thanked the public who reported the suspicious activity of those involved in selling the magazines.

The magazine is usually sold by the homeless to raise money.

But in this instance the sellers were not legitimate or authorised to be selling the publication.

PSNI confirmed details via social media, stating: “We understand at this time of year, season of goodwill etc, but be mindful of taking your purse out or giving these people cash.

“If you are happy with who they are then great job, if not, give us a shout.

“This was a gang who have been operating across our district, dressed as Santa and the likes.

“These people were not genuine sellers of the Big Issue and arrests were made.

“All monies seized will be handed to a genuine local charity.”

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