Police meet victims of suspected Facebook holiday fraud

A family of 18 have been left devastated after they were due to travel to Disneyland Paris on Saturday which was booked through the ⬝South Shields day trips⬝ facebook page but it has been cancelled last minute and the family are loosing most of their money.
A family of 18 have been left devastated after they were due to travel to Disneyland Paris on Saturday which was booked through the ⬝South Shields day trips⬝ facebook page but it has been cancelled last minute and the family are loosing most of their money.

Police will be holding a drop-in session tonight for victims of a suspected holiday fraud.

The session has been organised by officers probing the running of Facebook holiday site South Shields Day Trips.

I would urge any customers not yet spoken to by police to attend.

Det Insp Paul Stewart

More than 200 people claim to have lost money after booking a short break to Euro Disney through the site.

Others, who booked day trips through the firm, are also believed to have been affected.

The meeting, at Chuter Ede Community Centre in Galsworthy Road, South Shields between 5pm and 9pm. is aimed at families who have yet to give a statement to police.

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

Police say they have already dealt with more than 200 complaints in relation to the Facebook page.

Detective Inspector Paul Stewart, who is leading the investigation, said: “I would urge any customers who have not yet been spoken to by police to attend Chuter Ede.”

Meanwhile, trips booked through the company have been suspended.

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

Since news broke, last month, of youngsters being left heartbroken after trips were cancelled, businesses and residents have rallied round to offer support to families.

Last week, Frozen Store Direct, run by Omar Ames with the support of Rachel McKeith, held a free Disney-themed party at the Whiteleas Social Club for those affected.

The event was supported by a range of businesses who provided raffle prizes and goodies for the youngsters.

More than 100 youngsters attended the event with their families, where they were treated to met a range of kid’s characters and took part in a sing-off led by Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

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

People can call police on 101 ext 69191 quoting number 628 24/07/15