Council label ‘warning’ a hoax

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HOAX letters sent to Gainsborough residents claiming that their spare bedrooms will be used to house homeless people says West Lindsey District Council.

West Lindsey District Council has stressed that the letters have nothing to do with the authority.

Director of Strategy and Regeneration Rachel North, said: “We are extremely concerned letters claiming to be from the council are being circulated but we would like to reassure residents that this is a scam.”

“We are working closely with Lincolnshire Police on this issue. West Lindsey District Council will not tolerate this kind of behaviour and will not hesitate to prosecute those involved.”

She added: “We would urge anyone who received a letter or knows where they originated from to contact us or the police with information.”

The letters, which appear to be on council headed paper, claim to be from the Housing Team and state that due to an increasing number of homeless people the council has arranged for a family to move in with them.

It also claims they will be paid and they need to collect the homeless people from the train station in Lincoln.

However, WLDC are keen to emphasise that this information is not true.

Coun Irmgard Parrott was alerted by a letter circulating in Cherry Willingham.

She said: “I was horrified to hear these letters were being circulated causing unnecessary distress to residents.”

“I want to reassure people and tell them not to worry as the letters are not true. If anyone does receive a letter they are asked to contact the council and the police.”

If you receive such a letter you can contact police on 0800 555 111 or the council on 01427 676676.