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Elderly woman ‘forced to sign cheque’ for thousands of pounds

A suspect has appeared in court after thousands of pounds were stolen from a vulnerable elderly woman.

The 83-year-old victim was targeted by two men who said they needed to carry out work on her home in the Beechdale area of Nottingham.

Investigations found she was later forced to sign a cheque for thousands of pounds on 8 August 2022, again on 19 October, and also pestered on numerous occasions.

James Cunningham, of Coventry Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire, was arrested on 10 January 2023 after attempting to evade being caught by police and fleeing the county last year.

Cunningham, aged 38, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (12 January) charged with robbery, fraud by false representation, and five counts of concealing, converting, removing, or removing criminal property.

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He was remanded into custody and is next due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 9 February.

A 53-year-old man was previously in court charged with robbery, burglary with intent, burglary, attempted burglary, fraud by false representation, and the use or control of criminal property.

Suspect Charlie Lee, of Mile Tree Lane, Coventry, Warwickshire, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on 19 December 2022 and pleaded guilty.

He was remanded into custody for sentencing surrounding this matter.

Detective Inspector Chris Berryman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This has been a complex investigation for everyone involved but I’m happy that we have now charged a further man in connection with the case.

“Cunningham was arrested only days ago and thanks to the great work by officers we were able to charge him in relation to these offences quickly and put him before the courts.

“Our investigation into this case is still ongoing and we are determined to get justice for the victim of the case.”

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