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Gig built by wounded veterans is handed over for World Championships

Credit: ITV West Country

A gig built by wounded veterans for the Help for Heroes charity has been handed over.

A crew from the charity will race the boat named Valiant, in the World Gig Championships on the Isles of Scilly this weekend.

The gig set off from Tresco and was welcomed on the main island of St Mary's, accompanied by other gigs.

The project as seen wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel building the Cornish pilot gig. Credit: ITV West Country

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Help for Heroes speak out against fraudster

Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.

Copeland deceived the public into thinking they were making donations which would help our wounded. Instead he was stealing from them and using the money for his own personal gain through a deceptive web of fraud which took detectives three years to untangle. We have been astonished by the response of the public. Many of those defrauded by him have contacted us to express shock that someone would use organised and criminal tactics to prevent money supporting the wounded.

– Jo Brookes, Income Protection Officer at Help for Heroes

Help for Heroes speak out against fraudster

Help for Heroes say the public have been shocked by the case of Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon, who has been jailed for stealing £300,000 through fake charity collections.

Copeland deceived the public into thinking they were making donations which would help our wounded. Instead he was stealing from them and using the money for his own personal gain through a deceptive web of fraud which took detectives three years to untangle. We have been astonished by the response of the public. Many of those defrauded by him have contacted us to express shock that someone would use organised and criminal tactics to prevent money supporting the wounded.

– Jo Brookes, Income Protection Officer at Help for Heroes

Man gets four and a half years for defrauding charity

Christopher Copeland sentenced to four and a half years Credit: ITV West Country

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Wiltshire charity Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.

52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid-Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

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Man gets four and a half years for defrauding charity

Christopher Copeland sentenced to four and a half years Credit: ITV West Country

A man who gathered £300,000 in donations for Help For Heroes and kept the money for himself has been sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison.

52 year old Christopher Copeland from mid Devon admitted fraud and money laundering at Exeter Crown Court.

He had a team of staff, who believed they were raising money for charity legitimately, who took old military vehicles, branded with the Help for Heroes logo, to supermarkets and shopping centres all over the country. The money raised never reached the charity but was instead used to subsidise Mr Copeland's own business which was in financial difficulty and has since gone into liquidation.

Help for Heroes 'collector' to be sentenced

Christopher Copeland has admitted fraud of £300,000 Credit: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A man is due to be sentenced at Exeter Crown Court today after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted swindling the charity out of £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.

Help for Heroes 'collector' to be sentenced

Christopher Copeland has admitted fraud of £300,000. Credit: Claire Hayhurst/PA Wire

A man is due to be sentenced today after defrauding the Wiltshire based charity Help for Heroes out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Christopher Copeland from Devon admitted taking £300,000 over an eighteen month period. He's been told by the judge that he faces a 'lengthy' jail sentence.

Police say charity collector alerted police to Copeland

Christopher Copeland from Devon has been told he faces a long prison sentence after defrauding the charity Help for Heroes out of £300,000. DCI Mike Robison from Devon and Cornwall Police spoke to ITV Westcountry outside court today and told us it was one of the charity collectors Copeland was using that became alerted the police.

"He used a lot of charity collectors who went all over the country using military vehicles that were liveried with the Heroes livery on them. And the public, seeing these types of vehicles, would have quite legitimately given their money believing it was going to the charity when actually it didn't."

– DCI Mike Robison
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