Police hunt for alleged fraudster mocked over his likeness to Eastenders star

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
61-year-old John Eric Wells, who is wanted in connection with three high value romance frauds, has been mocked for looking like Eastenders character Ian Beale (BBC/SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

A man wanted by police in connection with three high value romance scams has been mocked on social media for bearing a resemblance to Eastenders’ Ian Beale.

South Yorkshire Police have launched a wanted appeal for 61-year-old John Eric Wells, who is wanted in connection with three high value romance frauds.

The man, who could also be known by Howard Walmsley and Howard Hemmings Read, is said to have defrauded three women of over £400,000.

John Eric Wells, 61, is wanted in connection with three high value romance fraud (SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE)

The offences began in September 2014. He targeted women in Sussex, Doncaster and London.

Police believe it is possible Wells is currently living outside the UK.

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But when the force posted the appeal to social media, Facebook users pointed out the similarity between Wells and the soap character.

The post has been shared 1,500 times and has been liked over 800 times.

One Facebook user wrote: “Have you tried Albert Square? or even pub The Queen Victoria?”

(BBC)

In a statement, police said: “Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen or spoken to Wells recently, or has information which may help officers with their enquiries.

“It is possible Wells is currently living outside the UK.

“If you see him, or you have any information which may help, please call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting investigation number A54532/17.”

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