‘Trans­pho­bic’ stu­dents lose thou­sands in spot-fine con

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A GROUP of FIFTY univer­sity stu­dents were duped into part­ing with £ 3,500 af­ter a con man pre­tended to fine them for us­ing non- PC lan­guage.

The man, who is still at large, dressed in an of­fi­cial look­ing uni­form and pa­trolled cof­fee rooms, can­teens and bars at Sal­ford Univer­sity cam­pus.

When he over­heard a stu­dent say some­thing even re­motely “racist, sex­ist, trans­pho­bic or anti- semetic” he struck.

He would hand the “of­fender” a form to fill in and tell them they were be­ing given a spot fine for lan­guage no longer ac­cept­able in a learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The con man would then ask for be­tween £ 50 and £ 100 as a penalty – or threaten them with ex­pul­sion.

Po­lice say he even had a ma­chine to take card pay­ments which helped con­vince pupils he was le­git­i­mate.

But a univer­sity source said: “This is not our pol­icy. Of course, we take of­fen­sive lan­guage se­ri­ously, but this is not how we deal with such in­frac­tions.”

A po­lice source added: “These stu­dents were so ter­ri­fied about be­ing outed as non- tol­er­ant they just went along with him.

“He’s a very clever chap and we hope to catch him be­fore he does more dam­age.” – Jimmy Carr

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