Bail for woman arrested as part of probe into South Shields Facebook holiday booking page

Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris.

Detectives have bailed a woman arrested on suspicion of fraud after a trip to Disneyland fell through just hours before families were due to leave.

Police launched an inquiry in relation to the South Shields day trips Facebook page after receiving a series of complaints.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information in relation to the page, or if anyone wishes to speak to officers about the page, is asked to contact police.

Northumbria Police

A 24-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of fraud, has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

The public are advised that the Peppa Pig and Legoland trips, scheduled to depart from outside the South Shields Town Hall at midnight tonight is believed to be going ahead as planned.

Northumbria Police officers will be in attendance this evening to co-ordinate the trip’s departure and provide support and reassurance to anyone affected by potential fraud in relation to planned trips.

Others who have booked trips through the page have started to carry out their own checks to see if their breaks can be confirmed.

Neighbourhood Sergeant David Stobbs said: “We would like to reassure the public that we have a dedicated team of officers working on the case who are doing all they can to help keep disappointment to a minimum.

“We are in the process of trying to contact everyone who has booked a holiday or a day trip through this Facebook page and we urge anyone with any information or concerns to get in touch to help us with our inquiries.”

Northumbria Police has said it is looking into a number of allegations around “potential fraud offences that may have occurred.”

A spokesman added: “The investigation is ongoing and anyone with any information in relation to the page, or if anyone wishes to speak to officers about the page, is asked to contact police.”

Dozens of people have said they have been left out of pocket after a Disneyland trip they booked through the Facebook page fell through at the last minute.

Stunned customers say they paid thousands of pounds for a four-day trip to Disneyland Paris with a Facebook business, South Shields Day Trips.

It is understood a large group of people were due to leave yesterday and travel by coach and ferry to the popular family resort.

Holidaymakers read a message posted on Facebook on Thursday saying the business was waiting to hear back from the hotel over why no record of the bookings could be found.

A post yesterday informed holidaymakers of missing bookings and added that the firm had “been advised to cancel the trip and now head to the police station to find out where this large amount of money has apparently vanished to”.

The post added that the coach and ferry were still booked, however there were no rooms for the group to stay in.

Northumbria Police has asked anyone with information to call 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 628 24/07/15.