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Park appeal targeted by conmen

Charity conmen have targeted the Paisley Daily Express Laura’s Playpark Appeal, trying to dupe shopkeepers into collecting cash for them.

A pair of crooks claiming to work at the newspaper asked shop staff in the town centre to put out a coin collecting tin and display a poster for the appeal.

One shop manager said: “They came in and gave us a real spiel about the Laura appeal and how the Express editor was trying to get some extra money in.

“They said they would come back with a poster, collecting can and ID. But they just didn’t look the type to be out collecting for charity.

“I was immediately suspicious.”

Laura’s Playpark Appeal was launched by the Paisley Daily Express to raise the funds needed to build a lasting memorial to Laura Donnelly, a Paisley girl who was raped and murdered in 1999.

The Paisley Daily Express has no-one going around with collecting cans for the fund.

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