Charity con-woman targets Islington homes

Highbury Fields parkrun

A fake charity collector has been tricking Islington residents by asking for donations for a sponsored run.

The woman has reportedly been going door-to-door collecting money on behalf of a friend with breast cancer taking part in a race, a local running group has warned.

Highbury Fields Parkrun organises a 5k run every Saturday and posted on its Facebook account that it had nothing to do with the young woman.

It stressed that it does not organise charity runs, nor 10k runs – which the woman apparently said her friend was running.

She has been described by locals as five foot tall and between 25-30 with blonde hair. She has been seen wearing a black anorak and grey leggings and a winter coat.

Lots of residents took to the online platform to admit they had been conned.

Highbury resident Sara Roveta told Islington Now that she was “bubbly and earnest” but “very pushy” when she turned up at her door.

“She introduced herself as a neighbour and was flustered when I asked her where she lived.” Ms Roveta added that she was “dressed for the Arctic and carrying a clipboard.”

Reports of the woman came out around the same time last year, but police failed to identify a suspect and are trying again this year.

Residents are advised to contact the police if they come across her.