Father and son conned cash from Leeds hospice

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A FATHER and son duped a Leeds hospice charity into handing over fundraising forms which they used to con cash out of residents in Morley.

Colin Woodhead, 52, and his 22-year-old son Ryan, went out collecting from residents after claiming they had organised a charity football match in memory of a relative they said had died at the hospice.

They used legitimate Sue Ryder paperwork from the charity, which runs Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.

Prosecutor Sam Andrews, said at around 7pm on September 21, a member of the public called police after becoming suspicious about the pair knocking on doors in Morley collecting money.

When an officer spoke to both men in the Woodside Drive area of Churwell, they produced a letter showing a letter from a man called Paul Campbell who they claimed was organising the fundraising.

Mr Andrews said: “The officer was suspicious and made enquiries with a fundraiser at Sue Ryder. She was able to confirm that Ryan Wood had contacted her in June about this fundraising activity and that person collected had, or had someone else, collect some forms.”

Documents seized from the defendants showed they had collected £65 between September 19 and 21.

Mr Andrews added: “Colin Woodhead said more had been collected and said he had handed over £110 to the mysterious Mr Campbell.”

Further police enquiries revealed Colin Woodhhead had collected forms from Sue Ryder on September 19, when he used the name Mr Johnson.

Both men, of Highfield Place, Morley, admitted fraud.

Judge Penelope Belcher jailed Ryan Woodhead for 39 weeks.

She handed Colin Woodhead a 23-week jail sentence, but suspended it for 12 months.

Judge Belcher told the pair: “I don’t understand why these offences were committed. It boils down to pure greed. Neither of you disclose debts or drug addiction.”

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