Rotherham landlord arrested over plane-tickets fraud allegations

Lee Mills
Lee Mills

Police have arrested a South Yorkshire pub landlord over allegations he conned football fans out of about £17,000.

Lee Mills, who ran the Hare and Hounds pub, Wellgate, Rotherham town centre, was quizzed by detectives over the reported scam yesterday.

He was reported to South Yorkshire Police by football fans who claimed more than 70 of them had each paid £240 to Mr Mills when he offered to charter a plane to take them to Rotherham United’s last away game of the season at Plymouth.

The fans contacted the police when Mr Mills disappeared and closed his pub days before the game.

Yesterday, a South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said officers had tracked him down.

She said: “Police have arrested a 38-year-old man on suspicion of theft and fraud, following recent investigations into alleged fraud involving flights to a Rotherham United away game.”

Punch Taverns, which owns the Hare and Hounds pub, clubbed together with Rotherham United to pay for coaches to take the fans affected by the alleged scam to Plymouth last Saturday – which Rotherham won 1-0 .

The pub company said Mr Mills contacted them last week to say he was leaving the Hare and Hounds.

The firm said it was co-operating with police.

Mr Mills used to run coach trips for Rotherham United away games before he offered to charter a plane.

Last week, about 40 of the 70-plus fans who booked seats on the plane had lodged complaints, accusing Mr Mills of fraud.