Second arrest made in South Shields Day Trips fraud probe

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Police leading a fraud probe into a Facebook travel agent site have made a second arrest.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud in connection with the investigation into South Shields Day Trips which was sparked after a trip to Disneyland organised through the page was cancelled at the last minute.

Police yesterday yesterday held a private meeting with customers at Chuter Ede School, in South Shields, to obtain further information on potential offences.

Statements were taken from 104 victims at the meeting.

Officers were also able to give an update on the investigation.

A 24-year-old woman was previously arrested as part of the investigation.

She and the 32-year-old man have been bailed pending further inquiries.

The company has also ceased operating.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart, who is leading the investigation, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who attended this meeting which allowed us to gather more information plus give updates on where the investigation is currently at.

“Our investigation into all reports is continuing and we will keep victims updated as this progresses.

“Due to the volume of reports I’d once again ask for people’s patience while we work through each one made to us.

“Anyone who hasn’t yet come to us with information is encouraged to still do so.”

People can contact police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference number 628 24/07/15.

Police have received more than 200 complaints about the problem-hit Facebook travel agents.

All trips booked through the South Shields Day Trips Facebook page have been suspended.

The probe was launched last month after dozens of people were left out of pocket when a Disneyland Paris trip booked through the page was cancelled,

Stunned customers said they paid thousands of pounds for the four-day trip.