Sus­pi­cious ‘Gold for cash days’ end up can­celled


Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

A SE­RIES OF ‘gold for cash’ days at Bal­ly­waltrim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre were can­celled last week by con­cerned staff af­ter it emerged that or­gan­is­ers could not be con­tacted by tele­phone.

The busi­ness, which has re­port­edly been trav­el­ling through­out Ire­land buy­ing up scrap jew­ellery, de­liv­ered a flyer around the area ad­ver­tis­ing ‘top Lon­don cash prices for gold and sil­ver,’ also as­sur­ing peo­ple that all trans­ac­tions would be ‘strictly pri­vate and con­fi­den­tial’.

A cou­ple turned up last Wed­nes­day morn­ing to host the event, a man with a Scot­tish ac­cent and his fe­male busi­ness part­ner. They were met by de­tec­tives from Bray Garda Sta­tion.

‘We were looking to find our their back­ground,’ said De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Frank Keenaghan, who con­firmed that no ar­rests were made. ‘We would have a nat­u­ral cu­rios­ity when some­one like this comes to town to en­sure that they are bona fide. We wouldn’t want the pub­lic to be taken for a ride.’

He con­firmed that it was the de­ci­sion of the com­mu­nity cen­tre man­age­ment to can­cel the two days of trad­ing.

Gar­daí took de­tails from the two peo­ple and ini­ti­ated a back­ground check on the pair with the help of UK au­thori- ties. The two peo­ple said that they had plans for fur­ther sim­i­lar events in the Dublin area in the com­ing weeks.

It was Coun­cil­lor John Brady of Bray Town Coun­cil who first raised con­cerns about the busi­ness when he could find no sign of the com­pany on the in­ter­net or else­where af­ter mak­ing a se­ries of in­quiries.

A phone num­ber printed on the flyer, the same num­ber given to com­mu­nity cen­tre staff when the book­ing was made, was a voice­mail only num­ber and con­tact could not be made with any per­son rep­re­sent­ing the com­pany.

Cllr. Brady sus­pected the com­pany to be bo­gus and voiced con­cerns sur­round­ing the op­er­a­tion pos­si­bly at­tract­ing crim­i­nals with no se­cu­rity in place.

He added that vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple could sell items of jew­ellery for less than their mar­ket value.

The Bal­ly­waltrim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, where com­mit­tee mem­bers chose not to al­low the ‘gold for cash’ days go ahead.

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