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Bail denied for two UK men arrested for roofing scam; third man has fled

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Report from RNZ
Two men accused of having involvement in roofing scams in Auckland have been denied bail.

Tommy Ward and William Donohue appeared in the Wellington District Court today via a video link, charged with using a false roofcare business card and invoice. The pair are in the country on holiday visas.

Police were originally seeking a third man called James Nolan, who failed to appear in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest. However, police now think he is no longer in the country.

“As a result of the ongoing investigation, police believe he has fled the country and we have been making enquiries with partner agencies,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Bridget Doell.

Another man was arrested with Ward and Donohue in Lower Hutt earlier this week, but once the man’s identity was checked by police, he was released without charge.

Ward and Donohue have been remanded in custody and will appear in the Auckland District Court on 8 March.

Report from RNZ – February 21
Police have admitted that one of the people arrested in Lower Hutt in relation to roofing scams in Auckland was the wrong man.

Three men were arrested at a Lower Hutt address.

Tommy Ward and William Donohue have been remanded in custody and are due to appear in the Wellington District Court again tomorrow. But once police confirmed the identity of the third man he was released without charge.

Both Donohue and Ward are in New Zealand on holiday visas, and they’re charged with using a false roofcare business card and invoice.

Jamed Nolan was arrested by authorities last month in relation to the alleged scam but failed to appear in court. A warrant was issued for his arrest but police say their investigations lead them to believe he has left the country.

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Report from RNZ – February 20
Two of the men who were arrested overnight in Lower Hutt in relation to roofing scams in Auckland have appeared in court today. Tommy Ward and William Donohue were remanded overnight and are due to appear in the Hutt Valley District Court again tomorrow morning. They are both charged with knowing and using documents – a roofcare business card and invoice – that were false. They are in New Zealand on holiday visas.

The third man, James Nolan, did not appear in court today but is facing the same charge.

News from NZ Police
Wellington Police arrested three men overnight in relation to an alleged roofing scam in the Auckland region.

A 25-year-old and two 26-year-old men were arrested at a Lower Hutt address about 3.45am.

All three men are due to appear in the Wellington District Court today on a range of charges.

News from NZ Police – February 19
Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of three men who may be in Wellington. This is in relation to a series of alleged roofing scams in the Auckland region.

British nationals James Anthony Nolan, 26, Tommy Ward, 26, and William Donohue, 25, currently have active warrants to arrest.

Wellington Police have received several reports of potential sightings around the city in the past week. We remind the public to be cautious about suspicious approaches offering home maintenance work.

Anyone with information on these men should call Wellington Police on 04-381 2000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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