Prom limousine scam being investigated by police

Parents paid 50 pounds each on limousine rides for the prom atendees, but they did not arrive. Stock image
Parents paid 50 pounds each on limousine rides for the prom atendees, but they did not arrive. Stock image
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POLICE are investigating after parents paid more than £1,000 on limousines for a school prom, that appear to have never been booked.

Mums and Dads of P7 pupils at Quarryhill Primary School in Aberdeen paid £50 each, to another parent, who was to arrange two limos to take the youngsters to the end of school dance.

But no vehicles were booked and the out-of-pocket parents claimed they cannot get in contact with the man who collected the cash.

Parents were first alerted to a problem a day before the prom when the man said the limo company in England he had used was ‘double-booked’.

But when the hire firm was contacted they said they had no bookings in the whole of Scotland.

Police Scotland yesterday confirmed that officers are looking into the matter.

Inquiries are understood to be at an early stage.

A Good Samaritan is understood to have stepped in to cover the costs to the parents - however the school children were left without a lift to the prom.

Another limo firm sent a car to the prom free of charge to get their photos taken in it but they were unable to transport them to the venue.

Veronica Cook, managing director of Hollywood Limos, said: I could just see their poor wee faces when they found out and couldn’t have that.

“I could only send a limo for photographs but if I could have done more I would have.”