A LEEK man has been charged by the police for posing as a charity collector.
The 22-year-old male, from the Leek area, was arrested and charged on Wednesday (October 9) following a police investigation into a number of males reportedly knocking on doors, predominantly in the west end area of Leek, fraudulently collecting for charities.
The 22-year-old man has been charged with four offences and has been bailed to court and told not to enter Leek or Cheadle or contact anyone involved.
PC Rob Peacock, of Leek Police, said: "The man has been charged with one offence of fraud, in relation to a misrepresentation of the RSPCA stamp; two offences of theft; and one of threats to commit damage.
"He has also asked for a further two burglaries to be taken into consideration. These are in relation to entering two building sites and stealing copper piping."
PC Peacock is urging residents to be aware of fake charity collectors and said if anyone is suspicious of anyone who knocks at their door, to call Staffordshire Police on 101.