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EARLIER today it was revealed that Wiltshire police had made a number of arrests following an investigation into a fraudulent GoFundMe page which had been set up to raise money for a memorial to the four young men killed in a crash on the A4 at Derry Hill.

 four dead derry hillOn 22nd October officers from Wiltshire Police travelled to the Northamptonshire area and arrested a 32-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy on suspicion of fraud by false representation,

Yesterday, officers returned to the same area and arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Due to the fact that during the visit a large quantity of Class A drugs were discovered at the suspect’s property, he was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Throughout the day, GoFundMe have been returning the donations to the people who made them, many of who have been asking where they can donate the money to and be sure it is going to the right place.  Cllr Robert Merrick, Town Mayor has told Calne News that there will be a new GoFundMe page set up in the next few days and details will be released at that point if anyone wishes to donate.

Amanda Parke, the mother of Matthew, who was one of the four young men to lose their lives, said in a Facebook post today:

'Our family, our friends and Mattie's friends, were totally devastated that he left us on 16th August so suddenly and unexpectedly. We are utterly heartbroken and miss him so very very much.
To then discover that this fraud has taken place has just added further heartache and distress to all the families and friends of the boys.
I know the names of the three suspects. I shall no longer be keeping my mouth shut on their identities. These low-life scumbags have family and friends in Calne. To those people I say, I hope you are really really proud of these disgusting scumbags.
If it is the last thing I do, I will ensure we get justice for the disgusting, vile thing that these scumbags have done - and one way or another I will ensure that the boys get the permanent memorial that they deserve.
To the three suspects - I hope you all rot in hell.'
 

Inspector James Brain, from the Chippenham Area Community Policing Team, said: “The collision back in August was truly devastating for the local community in Calne and I know many people will have seen this fundraising page as an opportunity to show how much they cared and to ensure that a lasting memorial to the four young men was created for the town.

“I understand that people may be feeling upset and angry about this news, but I want to reassure everyone that we are carrying out detailed enquiries to understand exactly what has happened with regards to this donation page.”

Anyone who donated money to this specific GoFundMe page should call Wiltshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference 54200119835. Please let us know your name, address, phone number and how much money you donated.