Doncaster man Phillip Hartley to stand trial for charity fraud after London arrest

A Doncaster conman posed as a Cancer Research UK volunteer to pocket donations for himself, a court heard.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 3:25 pm

Phillip Anthony Hartley, 37, wore a Cancer Research UK t-shirt and hat while shaking a collection tin in London’s Leicester Square.

But Hartley insisted he was innocent of any crime when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

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Hartley, 37, who calls himself the #lovecampaigner, was wearing a Cancer Research hat and t-shirt and had a collecting tin when he was arrested by police in London's Leicester Square.

He said: 'I've raised £30,000.

'The stickers are my stickers which I make. I give half of the money to charity.

'There is no crime to answer for, I didn’t commit a crime.

District Judge Nicholas Rimmer told Hartley: 'Your trial is going to take place on 16 August here in this building.'

Hartley, of Christ Church Road, Doncaster, who also uses the name Phillip L’Estrange and describes himself as the #lovecampaigner, denied one count of fraud by false representation and one of possessing articles for use in fraud, namely a collection tin with Cancer Research sticker, a Cancer Research UK t-shirt and Cancer Research UK hat

He will stand trial on 16 August.