Duo face bogus collector charges

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Two men accused of being bogus collectors for a charity for youngsters fighting life-threatening conditions appeared at court.

Ricky Symeon, 37, of Thornbank, Poulton, and Barry Buckley, 33, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, are charged with four offences involving the Make A Wish Foundation.

Both are accused of falsely representing the Foundation they said they were collecting for, making a booklet for use in fraud, selling the booklet and saying the money collected would go to the charity.

Symeon pleaded not guilty to all the offences.

Buckley was not present at the hearing and a warrant without bail was issued for his arrest.

Symeon was bailed to appear at the crown court on May 18 on the condition he did not contact his co-accused Buckley.