Concerned relatives of a South Yorkshire child killed in a fire fear fraudsters are trying to cash in on her death.
The heartbroken family of two-year-old Libby-Jayne Hornsby believe door-to-door con-men have been visiting homes falsely claiming to be collecting on behalf of the family.
Just days after Libby-Jayne ’s funeral, family members have put out a public warning about the scammers, who have allegedly been swindling good-hearted residents and pocketing the proceeds.
In a statement, the family, from Conisbrough, said: “We would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support, flowers and cards at the funeral.
“However, we have been made aware there are people visiting homes in the area claiming to be collecting money on our behalf.
“In light of this we would like to warn people against giving donations.
“All fundraising by the family has now been completed and we are grateful to everyone who donated.”
South Yorkshire Police said officers were not investigating the claims as no victims have come forward – but confirmed it was believed there had been fraudulent collections.
A police spokeswoman said: “The family has been made aware of claims such collections were taking place.
“They wanted to ensure people are aware fundraising has now finished.”
Libby-Jayne died in hospital after firefighters pulled her from a fire at her home on Don Street on Thursday, October 17.
Since the tragedy, well-wishers in the community have rallied around to help the devastated family.
Hundreds of mourners paid their respects at her funeral, at St Peter’s Church, Conisbrough, on Friday.
Mum Kelly Hambrey described her daughter as a ‘perfect little girl’.
Dad Neil Hornsby said: “She was always full of life and fun.”
An inquest into Libby-Jayne’s death has been opened and adjourned.
Fire investigators said early indications showed the fire started accidentally.