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Man charged over 'scam' involving dead squirrel

Sky News logo Sky News 14/09/2017
The man is accused of using a dead squirrel to drum up business with false claims of infestation © Getty The man is accused of using a dead squirrel to drum up business with false claims of infestation

A man has been charged over an alleged scam in which a dead squirrel was used to try and persuade victims to have work done on their houses.

Kent Police launched an investigation after a number of people in Tunbridge Wells reported a man had knocked on their doors offering to carry out roof repairs over a three-month period earlier this year.

The man used a dead squirrel to prove that the property had an infestation problem.

George Johnston, 34, has been charged with four offences of fraud by false representation.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Earlier this year Kent Police received a number of reports about suspicious activity in the town, where it is alleged a man had been knocking on doors offering unnecessary roof repairs.

"The man is said to have produced a dead squirrel before demanding money to clear a pest infestation.

"The incidents are reported to have happened between 19 February and 20 May 2017 in areas including Sandhurst Road and Ferndale."

Johnston will appear before Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court on 10 October. He had been arrested in connection with the incidents on 24 May.

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