Police seek Millers flight ‘fraud’ landlord

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Detectives are still searching for a Rotherham landlord who has allegedly fled with £17,000 from football fans after claiming he was going to charter a plane to take them to the last away game of the season.

Lee Mills, who ran the Hare and Hounds pub on Wellgate, offered to organise a plane to fly Rotherham United fans to their team’s last away game of the season against Plymouth Argyle today.

But earlier this week he closed up his pub and vanished, leaving more than 70 football fans who had booked seats on the plan fearing the worst.

Around 40 of the fans have contacted South Yorkshire Police to report being victims of fraud and South Yorkshire detectives are investigating the case.

They said Mr Mills did make initial inquiries about chartering a plane but never made a final booking.

Punch Taverns, which owns the Hare and Hounds pub, and Rotherham United have agreed to pay for coaches to take the football fans affected by the alleged scam to the game this afternoon.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said detectives want to hear from everyone who believes they are a victim of the alleged con.