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Fundraising scam floors Islington boxing club

Complaints that children claiming to be members of gym have attempted to trick unsuspecting members of the public

05 April, 2019

Big hitters: Connor Daly, left, and Masood Abdullah

ISLINGTON Boxing Club bosses are furious after learning that children are scamming members of the public by pretending they are raising money for the gym.

The club has received several complaints from people saying that boys claiming to be members have been trying to trick unsuspecting punters in places as far away as Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

Many of the scammers operate around the West End as well, the club believes.

Last week, a woman said she was approached by two boys fundraising for Islington Boxing Club in Carnaby Street. But things turned nasty when she tried to ignore them and the unidentified teenagers “repeatedly” called her “a bitch”.

Boxing club manager Reggie Hagland said: “It has been a nightmare to be honest. It looks bad on the club. Someone who claims to be from the club swearing and shouting at a woman. It makes us so angry.

“We have a good reputation and we do not want these little thieves ruining it.”

The club does not fundraise in this way. Mr Hagland added: “I have called the police to let them know, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot they can do unless the boys do it right in front of them.”

Meanwhile, two senior boxers from Islington Boxing Club made dream debuts at the London Elite Championships on Friday as they reigned in the ring at the Royal National Hotel, in Russell Square, Bloomsbury.

Connor Daly and Masood Abdullah proved they both really pack a punch when they were crowned champions in their respective under-52kg and under-60kg divisions.

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