Vigilance urged over ‘bogus’ teen collectors in Worthing

Former Lions president Tony Holley next to the Lions collection van
Former Lions president Tony Holley next to the Lions collection van

People giving to charity collectors have been told to ask for ID after a group of teenagers went door to door, claiming to be collecting for St Barnabas House hospice.

Worthing Lions had been collecting near Sea Place and Parklands Avenue, Goring, last Wednesday when they spotted the four teens, who had been telling people they were collecting for St Barnabas House.

But the teenagers were too young to be collecting for the charity and did not have official licences or collection buckets.

When the Lions arrived at one home, a woman told them they had been “beaten to it” by the four teens, who had already been given money by various householders.

Former Lions president Tony Holley said the two boys and two girls, estimated as between 14 and 15, were told what they were doing was illegal, but he feared the warnings were just ignored.

For the full story, read this week’s Worthing Herald, out from Thursday, December 13.