Police call for victims of alleged holiday scam

Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris.

Victims of an alleged holiday scam are being invited to meet with police.

Officers will be at Chuter Ede Community Centre in Galsworthy Road, South Shields on Tuesday August 11.

The session is aimed at families who have yet to speak with police who believe they have lost money after booking through South Shields day trips Facebook page.

Earlier this week all trips booked through the company were suspended as officer investigate potential fraud offences.

The company has also suspended its operations pending the outcome of the police investigation.

The issue came to light after people booked on a trip to Disneyland, Paris were told it had been cancelled.

Already, police have made contact with customers, however, not all have been spoken to or provided information.

Those who haven’t are being asked to come to Chuter Ede community Centre between 5pm and 9pm where statements will be taken.

Customers are being asked to bring along any documentary information they have of money they have paid.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart, who is leading the investigation, said: “So far we have taken more than 200 complaints in relation to this Facebook page.

“We have now made contact with all customers, however, due the volume have not yet taken information from all of them and I would urge any customers who have not yet been spoken to by police to attend Chuter Ede School on Tuesday August 11 between 5pm and 9pm.

“If they cannot attend we will make contact with them in due course but would ask they are patient.”

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and bailed pending further enquiries.

People can contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 628 24/07/15 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.