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Police hunt fraud suspect

February 22, 2013, 4:13 pm

Ryedale police have released an image of a suspected fraudster.

Mark Chapman, 34, who is from Cardiff, is wanted for questioning in connection with a number of incidents where bills have not been paid at hotels, bed and breakfast accommodation and restaurants.

Chapman is described as white, 6ft 4in tall with a medium build and auburn hair.

He was arrested in January 2013, on suspicion of making off without paying from a restaurant in York. He was due to answer bail in February but failed to appear.

Chapmans whereabouts are unknown and it is possible he could be anywhere in the country.

Acting Police Sergeant Chris Whitehead, of Malton Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Mark, if you see or hear this appeal I strongly advise you to hand yourself in at the nearest police station. This issue will not go away and we will catch up with you.

“I am asking anyone who knows where Mark Chapman is, to contact the police straight away.”

Acting Sergeant Whitehead added: “As we believe Chapman may have committed similar offences, I am urging to the owners of hotels, bed and breakfast houses and restaurants to be alert. If he books accommodation, or is currently staying with you, I urge you to contact the police immediately.”

Anyone who can help to locate Mark Chapman is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass the information to the Force Control Room.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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