Suspicious ‘Gold for cash days’ end up cancelled
RISKY BUSINESS DETECTIVES LOOK INTO COUPLE’S BACKGROUND
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.