A MAN has appeared in court charged with trying to fleece people in Marsh, Paddock and Edgerton.

The 33-year-old appeared at Dewsbury Magistrates' Court yesterday to face five charges of fraud by false representation yesterday.

Police put out a second warning about the man last week.

The man was reported to police after claiming to have lost a family member and needing to borrow money to travel back to Manchester.

On other occasions, he claimed he had broken down and needed money for travel. 

The latest reports followed a number of similar reports from the Paddock and Marsh areas during February and March of this year.

On Thursday, February 26 a man is reported to have visited a property on Heaton Road in Paddock claiming to be a new neighbour.

He spoke to a woman at the address for around 15 minutes before asking to borrow some money to pay for the heating engineer.

The woman handed over money believing he was genuine. 

The following day a man entered several shops on Westbourne Road in Marsh claiming to have broken down and that he needed cash to get back to Manchester.

The shop keepers recognised the man as he had been in the shop previously asking for money. On this occasion they asked him to leave and he left empty handed.

On Sunday, March 1 at around 2:30pm a man was also reported to have visited an address at Church Street in Paddock claiming his vehicle had broken down and that he required money to return to Rochdale.

The man was initially invited inside the house but the occupant became suspicious of him and asked him to leave.

The arrested man will appear at Bradford Crown Court in May.