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Three British 'gypsies' arrested in New Zealand

by Spencer Nevarez (2020-05-17)


Three British 'gypsies' among a group who caused chaos in New Zealand have been arrested over an alleged roofing scam.

James Nolan, 26, Tommy Ward, 26, and William Donohue, 25, were arrested overnight in Lower Hutt near Wellington.

Police had warned residents to watch out for bogus tradesmen offering to fix roof leaks after several elderly people were allegedly defrauded out of thousands of dollars.








James Anthony Nolan (pictured right with a family member), 26, has been identified by police after he failed to appear in court for the second time

















Police believe British nationals Tommy Ward, 26, (left) and William Donohue, 25, (right) might be able to assist them with information about the alleged roofing scams in the Auckland region


Nolan, Ward and Donohue are due in Hutt Valley District Court on Wednesday on a range of charges.

Last month, Auckland resident Heidrun Leonard, 82, claimed some men offered to fix her roof for $8,800 but fled with the funds.

The men, claiming to be tradesmen, allegedly knocked on the elderly woman's door on January 4, saying they noticed her roof was leaking. 

Ms Leonard said they offered to fix the problem but demanded money upfront.

'I was outside, they passed by and they said 'we would be able to get your roof alright,' and I didn't know there was something wrong with it but I thought it wouldn't be too bad,' she told NewsHub New Zealand.






James Anthony Nolan (pictured) is accused of driving his car at a young woman


'I let them in and showed them where my paint came off in the toilet and bathroom a bit and thought it might need to be a bit dried up and they said 'yes, we can do that'.'

They allegedly told her to give them $8,800, and once the job was done the job, she would get money back. 

Ms Leonard wrote a cheque, which was cashed at a bank a short time later. 

The men then returned to the woman's home the next morning and cut a hole in her roof, she said. 

But they allegedly fled the property with the money when Ms Leonard's neighbour began asking questions.

Ms Leonard said she recognised the men when the family made headlines across the world for their antics around the country.  

Nolan had a warrant for his arrest in relation to another incident where he subsequently failed to appear at the District Court.






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He is accused of driving his car at a young woman who filmed him and his extended family when they left piles of rubbish at a Auckland beach last month. 

Krista Curnow, who captured dramatic footage of the picnic incident, alleged a man drove towards her as she tried to film the car's number plate. If you loved this article therefore you would like to get more info concerning roofing yard near me (https://www.B2Bco.com) kindly visit our web-page.  

Nolan went on the run after he was charged with assaulting the woman and he failed to appear in court for the second time on February 7.   
















Nolan (pictured left and right) went on the run after he was charged with assaulting a woman and on 7 February he failed to appear in court for the second time



















Nolan's (pictured) failed court appearance comes shortly after his extended family were accused of wreaking havoc across the country by locals







Krista Curnow's video of the picnic scene featured an aggressive young boy in a sunhat (pictured) 


He ran away from Auckland District Court when he was given bail on January 25. 

His extended family were accused of wreaking havoc across the country by locals.

The tourists were faced with claims that they left a cafe without paying, damaged their rented apartment and allegedly stole a journalist's phone.

Their stint of mayhem across New Zealand led to the group being labelled 'a*******' and 'trash' by the mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff.

A petition to have the Brits removed from the country amassed more than 2,500 signatures.

In a radio interview, Goff said: 'I've asked the council to follow up because I want to see them loaded with an infringement fine for trashing our country. They shouldn't even be here.' 

Four adults in the group were served with 28-day deportation liability notices by New Zealand's immigration service before they left to return to the UK last month. 






A petition to have the British group (some members pictured) removed from the country amassed more than 2,500 signatures




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