Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 29°C

min temp: 17°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Walton-on-the-Naze: Man is jailed over charity shop fraud

10:00 14 November 2012

The Essex Air Ambulances

The Essex Air Ambulances

Archant

A CHARITY shop owner has admitted fraudulently collecting money for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance.

Nigel Philpott-Jones, proprietor of a Walton on the Naze shop, has pleaded guilty to fraud by false misrepresentation at the end of a four-year investigation.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard that despite advertising itself as raising much-needed funds for the service, which gets no direct government funding and needs £380,000 a month just to keep operating, no cash had ever been passed to the charity on from sales.

Philpott-Jones has been issued with a six-month custodial sentence and a serious crime prevention order for five years.

The investigation, which involved Essex Police, Essex Trading Standards and the Charity Commission, started back in 2008 when the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) became aware that the shop had opened using air ambulance branding.

Speaking after yesterday’s hearing, Jane Gurney, CEO of EHAAT, said everyone at the charity was delighted that the investigation had reached a “satisfactory conclusion” and they wanted to thank everyone involved in the prosecution of the case.

She said: “Following what has been a long and difficult process, I am really pleased that we have ended up with the right result.

“However, we are very sad that even though over the years many people have supported the shop in good faith, the charity has not benefited from their generosity.”

No funds, other than £5.92 found in one collection tin seized by Essex Police, have ever been received by EHAAT or the Association of Air Ambulances (AAA).

0 comments

Traffic on the A14 is being diverted using the entrance and exit slip roads. Image: Keith Mindham

The A14 at Bury St Edmunds has reopened after a woman who was spotted on the wrong side of the bridge at junction 44 was talked down by officers.

Andrew Bloomfield took this photo of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fighting the fire in the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford.

A fire at the old Fisons building in Paper Mill Lane, Bramford, has been extinguished.

Tower Ramparts, Ipswich, as staff poured from William Prettys works in the mid 1890s

The site of one of Ipswich’s major employers until the 1980s - Willaim Pretty’s - is now a car park, writes David Kindred.

The RNLI at Aldeburgh investigate an empty boat that turned up on Wednesday 24th August.

A yacht named after a lucky star had the good fortune of being rescued off the Suffolk coast today having drifted unmanned past Britain’s biggest container port.

Abellio Greater Anglia managing director Jamie Burles.

The average speed of trains between London and Ipswich will be cut to just over an hour in three years’ time – but the Ipswich in 60 ambition will depend on Network Rail carrying out improvement work.

Ronald King, 87, of Cedar Close, Walton-on-the-Naze

A pensioner who shot his 81-year-old wife dead at a care home has been sentenced to six years in a psychiatric hospital.

Aldeburgh beach was packed with people enjoying the sun on Wednesday 24th August.
L-R Chris and Jane Linford,Jan and Ken Garratt.

With the school summer holidays drawing to an end East Anglia’s tourist hotspots are gearing up for bumper crowds looking to make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24