Cotswold undertaker Andrew Baker investigated for fraud
4:14pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
WEST Mercia Police is appealing for clients of an undertaker’s firm operating in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire that is being investigated for fraud to contact the force.
On Tuesday 22 October, Andrew Baker, aged 50 and of Pebworth near Honeybourne, was arrested on suspicion of fraud. Mr Baker is an undertaker and the director of Baker & Brown Ltd, which has been trading as Cotswold Funeral Services and Honeybourne Funeral Services.
He initially traded as Cotswold Funeral Services in Stow-on-the-Wold from 2009 then closed that business and re-started as Honeybourne Funeral Services in Honeybourne early in 2012.
A number of clients have recently contacted West Mercia Police to report they have been victims of fraud. Among these is the allegation clients paid thousands of pounds to either Honeybourne Funeral Services or Cotswold Funeral Services for funeral plan to be arranged only to find none of the services had been put in place.
Mr Baker was arrested, questioned by detectives and has been released on police bail while investigations continue.
Detective Inspector Andy Price of South Worcestershire CID said: “We have taken the unusual step of naming Mr Baker and his companies at the point he has been arrested to reduce the chance of a family of a recently deceased person suffering further distress because of any criminality that may have taken place.
“We advise anyone who has taken out a funeral plan with Mr Baker, Cotswold Funeral Services or Honeybourne Funeral Services, to check that everything is as it should be.
If you have any concerns, please contact West Mercia Police.”
DI Price can be contacted via the non-emergency police number 101 or information can be passed on anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 by quoting the reference number 0245s 09/05/13.