Twelve in court after elderly conned in Horsham, Henfield and Pulborough

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Twelve people are to appear in a Brighton court charged in relation to a conspiracy to obtain on the pretence of carrying out urgent building work at the homes of elderly people across the South East including Horsham, Henfield and Pulborough.

James Ward, 28, of Twin Willows, Pleshey, near Chelmsford, Essex, is charged with conspiracy to defraud by false representation by claiming that urgent drainage or building work was required, and with money laundering, all during 2011.

Wayne Smith, 30, of St Vincents Close, Girton, Cambridge, is charged with the same offences over the same period.

Daniel Atkins, 29, of Dunedin Road, Rainham, Essex; Lauren Flanders, 29, of Petersfield Avenue, Romford, Essex; Stacey Robinson, 27, of Philip Close, Pilgrims Hatch, near Brentwood, Essex: Kelly Ann Robinson, 29, of Albany Road, Pilgrims Hatch; Cassandra Knight, 35, of Britannia Road, Warley, Brentwood: Rebecca Clarke, 34, of Thorney Bay Road, Canvey Island, Essex: Kerryann Corcoran, 26, of Marlow Road, London E6: Carly Hodges, 30, of Lucerne Way, Romford: Ronald Buttery, 45, of Ellen Wilkinson House, Usk Street, London E2: and Terry Phillips, 54, of Wolsey Avenue, London E6, are all charged with money laundering during the same period.

All 12 are due to appear on bail at Brighton Magistrates Court on Thursday July 25.

The charges, which were authorised by the Crown Prosecution Service, following an extensive investigation by the Economic Crime Unit of Sussex Police.

Victims of the alleged offences and attempted offences are from a number of places in the South East including one in Horsham, one in Pulborough and one in Henfield.