Sob story fraudster from Brighton brought back to court

Posted On 24 Oct 2017 at 10:11 pm

A fraudster from Brighton who spins sob stories to con kind-hearted strangers has been brought back before magistrates after being picked up police.

Andrea Thorne, 31, formerly of Percival terrace, Brighton, faces four fraud charges when she returns to court.

Andrea Thorne

Sussex Police said this afternoon (Tuesday 24 October): “A woman who was sought by police on suspicion of fraudulently asking people in the street for money, claiming her car has broken down, has been arrested and charged.

“Andrea Thorne, 31, of no fixed address, appeared in custody at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (24 October), charged with four offences of fraud by false representation and two breaches of a criminal behaviour order imposed by Brighton magistrates on (Friday) 23 June this year.

“She pleaded not guilty and was bailed to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on (Wednesday) 20 December.

“Three of the four fraud offences are alleged to have happened in Brighton and one is alleged to have happened in Worthing, all between March and July this year.

“She was arrested in Worthing on Monday (23 October).

“Sussex Police had issued an appeal for her whereabouts on (Tuesday) 5 September this year.”

  1. Joe Stains Reply

    What a face; ‘love’s young dream’, lol….

  2. rolivan Reply

    I hope she has to report to the police twice a day as she is of no fixed address and was for some reason given bail?

    • Joe Stains Reply

      Prisons are full, and it is too non-PC to build new ones. I was burgled by an individual who had committed SIXTEEN previous burglaries. Plod managed to catch him and got him in Court. His sentence? One year prison sentence, suspended for two years. Unbelievable.

      Until there is a punitive deterrent for crime, individuals like Thorne will commit crime with impunity.

      • Andy Richards Reply

        Yep….the prisons are full. What a monument to failure that is. Wouldn’t some practical restitution be a better alternative to prison? When it comes to building new things, I’d put houses above prisons.

  3. dave Reply

    instead of scrapping navy boats, why not use them as floating prisons. If they sink, oh well, its win win

  4. daniel harris Reply

    This is what happens who you remove support people people living in emergency and temporary accommodation, they join the street community.

    • Michael Sharples Reply

      No daniel this is what happens when a scummy person cons people. Stop white knighting and trying find excuses! Just because someone lives on the street doesnt mean they dont have to follow the same laws the rest of us do.

  5. linz Reply

    There are less choices for those living on the streets. She didn’t rob people of their money she asked and was given. I’m sure we’d all be forced to make these choices is heaven forbid we were ever in that situation!?? Let’s leave the judgmental statuses for pedophiles and murderers shall we?

    • Fishwife, 49 Reply

      *fewer choices

    • Jo James Reply

      Let’s not sanitise the facts. She has multiple convictions for theft and fraud, and what you deem to be merely ‘asking and giving’ was, in fact, further fraud. It is a strange argument you present that it is Ok to commit criminal acts if you are homeless and your point implies a strong link between homelessness and crime. The vast majority of people who are faced with the horror of homelessness remain law-abiding citizens.

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