Warning over door-to-door conman

By The Editor

5th Sep 2022 | Local News

A warning has been issued about a serial door-to-door conman.

Darren Bingham, who has a string of convictions and anti social behaviour orders against his name, has been targeting residents in St Margarets.

Bingham, of Feltham, has a long history of doorstep cons across the borough.

The scams can include claiming he needs cash to get home or visit a sick relative in hospital, and requesting payments to remove rubbish and then disappearing.

Bingham was jailed by Isleworth Crown Court in 2020 after he was found to be going door-to-door during lockdown in pursuit of money.

One victim was 'intimidated' into handing over £20 to Bingham, but others recognised him from reports of his past offending and called the police.

The court heard he had a 'terrible record of similar offending', with 58 previous convictions, and was already banned from begging in England and Wales under a criminal behaviour order.

He was jailed in January 2020 for breaking a criminal behaviour order by asking for money while claiming his father was ill or his wife had just gone into labour. Just two weeks after his release from prison, Bingham started offending again and was then jailed in May.

Residents have issued a warning on Nextdoor, saying Bingham has been active in the area over the weekend,

They said: "Warning. Darren Bingham is in the area.

"He has conned several residents of St Margarets and Isleworth last night. Be vigilant, don't open the door to strangers at night and do not give him money.

"Some of the cons are 'staying with your neighbour and got locked out' or he has an ill family member and needs money for bus fare."

     

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