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Police charge 10 more people over flood fraud

A further 10 people have been charged with fraud and money laundering offences involving 34 victims.

More than £300,000 was taken in incidents in Sussex, Surrey, Hertfordshire, London and Devon between October 2013 and April 2014.

Victims were told their neighbours' home had been flooded with raw sewage originating from their property.

They were asked for a returnable deposit to hire specialist equipment to deal with the problem.

Last week, George Wickens, 23, of Iveagh Crescent, Newhaven, East Sussex, appeared before magistrates in Brighton accused of fraud and money laundering.

He was remanded in custody and will appear at Lewes Crown Court on 30 April.

The 10 other people charged by police are:

  • George Wickens, 51, of Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield, East Sussex
  • James Cavanagh, 24, of Parklands, Maresfield, East Sussex
  • Lee Farrington, 21, of Churchill Road, Lewes, East Sussex
  • Paul Bryson, 24, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
  • Alfie Robinson, 22, of Chanctonbury Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex
  • Daryl Hayley, 22, of Beeches Way, Faygate, West Sussex
  • Martin Jones, 25, of Newbury Road, Crawley, West Sussex
  • Angelia Wickens, 30, of Parklands, Maresfield, East Sussex
  • Martin Suckling, 49, of Churchill Road, Smallfield, Surrey
  • Jessica Bryson, 20, of Old Farm Close, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

All have been bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court on 26 March.

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