Family members of a Tayside police officer who died on duty in Angus have slammed a fake page set up to raise funeral funds.
Tributes poured in for father-of-two Roy Buggins who collapsed while directing traffic at a road accident near Montrose on September 3.
His grieving daughter today posted on social media to warn others that a fake fundraising page had been set up under the family’s name.
Sophie Buggins said: “This is fake, please report it if you see it.
“When sharing please comment saying it’s fake so people know and doesn’t just share the link looking like it’s open to donations.”
This is fake, please report it if you see it.‼️When sharing please comment saying it’s fake so people know and doesn’t just share the link looking like it’s open to donations.
Mr Buggins, 51, was well-known in the Angus area, having worked as a community officer in Montrose.
Police have said that they have been “made aware” of the online fundraising campaign.
Officers said: “The appeal, carried on GoGetFunding.com, claimed to be raising funds to help pay for the funeral of PC Buggins. It was not set up by his family or by anyone connected with him.
“It appears that this appeal has now been removed from the webpage and social media, but we are investigating the circumstances behind it.
“Needless to say, this has caused further upset and distress to the Buggins family at an already difficult time.
“Should this false funding appeal re-appear, we would ask everyone not to donate or contribute, and share this message to prevent others from doing so.”