Police alerted after man claiming to be Ashley Talbot’s uncle starts cash …

A suspicious man who claimed to be collecting money for the family of tragic schoolboy Ashley Talbot sparked a police investigation.

Officers launched an investigation to trace the man who was said to have called at several houses in the Porthcawl area on Wednesday night asking for cash.

Residents phoned the police after the man, said to be in his 50s, told them he was Ashley’s uncle and they became concerned about his behaviour.

Fifteen-year-old Ashley died on Wednesday, December 10 after he was hit by a minibus at Maesteg Comprehensive School.

People who received a knock on their door posted comments on the Porthcawl First Facebook page saying the man told them he was Ashley’s uncle or that he was collecting for “the boy”.


 

In some cases, residents said he “had some sort of identification around his neck” and offered to show them family photos on his phone.

According to the Facebook posts, some residents did hand over small amounts of money while others were highly suspicious and refused or asked him to call back later.

Other residents said he did not offer to show ID or pictures.

A South Wales Police spokesman said the man did claim to be collecting for the family of Ashley Talbot, but his identity and motive has yet to be established.

He said: “Police have received a report of a man who knocked on the door of a house in South Road, Porthcawl, purporting to be collecting money for a bereaved family.

“The incident happened at around 8.40pm on Wednesday night and the man is described as being aged in his 50s wearing a multi-coloured coat.

“Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence 1400469421.”

* Police said a man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.

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