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Sentenced: Man locked up for hiring out caravan that didn't exist

December 4, 2017
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A man's been sentenced to sixteen weeks imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to fraud.

Mark Bedder, of Glenside in Kirkby-in-Ashfield appeared at Mansfield Magistrates' court on Thursday (30 November 2017).

The court heard how the 31-year-old advertised a caravan for hire on Facebook. A woman took up the offer and paid him £100. She then travelled to Skegness with her family only to find that the caravan didn't exist.

She reported it to Nottinghamshire Police and Bedder was arrested following an investigation. As well as the prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay the victim £200 compensation.

Detective Constable Richard Cornell of Nottinghamshire Police's fraud team said: "There is a trend in the way criminals are operating, with offenders turning to online fraud because they think it is easier. It’s our job to do everything possible to make sure this is not the case. We want to highlight that we have absolutely no tolerance towards people who commit online fraud. It can be incredibly destressing for victims who experience this kind of crime. We have a dedicated team who will follow up any report and do everything they can to bring offenders to justice."

"We also work hard to increase awareness of these types of crimes in order to prevent people becoming victims. If you or someone you know might have been targeted in this way, please contact us on 101 or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. These fraudsters often aim to target vulnerable, older people so please also speak to your relatives and make sure that they are aware of the signs."

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.