Suspected fraudster hunted by police could be living under false name in Sheffield

Alan Smith, 56, from Boxted in Suffolk, is wanted in connection with a number of counts of fraud, and could be in Sheffield
Alan Smith, 56, from Boxted in Suffolk, is wanted in connection with a number of counts of fraud, and could be in Sheffield
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A suspected fraudster who allegedly tricked his victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds could be living in Sheffield under a false name.

Alan Smith, aged 56, from Boxted in Suffolk, is alleged to have carried out frauds against more than 20 victims.

He failed to answer police bail last year and despite extensive enquiries by police officers, he has not been found.

After an appeal was broadcast on Crimewatch last week, police received a number of calls and emails giving details about his possible whereabouts.

Police believe Smith may have changed his name and one line of enquiry is that he may now be living in Sheffield under the false name of John Whyman.

Officers also received reports that he may be still visiting Norfolk, as well as spending time in the Manchester and Lincoln areas.

Smith has also previously used the alias Alan Mitchell.

Smith is described as white, around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, of medium to stocky build, with a bald head.

Anyone who knows where Smith is should not approach him but should call police immediately by dialing 101.

Any information should be passed to DC Sarah Elliott at Suffolk Police, quoting reference SU/14/124.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.