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The wife of hero taxi driver David Perry has issued a warning over allegedly fake crowdfunding efforts after one appeal she knew nothing about hit £30,000.

Mr Perry was seen stumbling away from his wrecked cab after Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen detonated a ball bearing device outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital just before 11am on Remembrance Sunday.

Despite his injuries, he warned others to stay away as he staggered towards the hospital reception with his head in his hands. Half a minute later the car was engulfed in flames. 

Fundraisers have since been launched to help Mr Perry, who survived with minor injuries, purchase a new car.

However, his wife Rachel has said she is not aware of one of the organisers’ identity and is worried it could be a scam.

Rachel appeared to delete her Facebook post after she was contacted directly by GoFundMe, who reassured her that funds will be directly transferred to the family. 

The crowdfunding platform had earlier said it was ‘in full control’ of the charitable interests and was working with organisers to release the funds to Mr Perry’s relatives.  

Rachel Perry, the wife of hero taxi driver David (both pictured), has issued a warning over allegedly fake crowdfunding efforts after one appeal she knew nothing about hit £30,000

Mr Perry was seen stumbling away from his wrecked cab after Emad Jamil Al Swealmeen detonated a ball-bearing device outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday

Fundraisers have since been launched to help Mr Perry purchase a new car. However, Rachel has said she is not aware of one of the organisers’ identity and is worried it could be a scam

The fundraiser, said to be set up by ‘the lads out the Saddle Kirkdale’, writes in its description: ‘This man is an absolute hero his quick thinking tonight possibly saved a lot of lives.’ 

It adds: ‘Let’s help him purchase a new vehicle and help him and his family get by during this terrible time while he recovers.’  

Mrs Perry wrote on Facebook: ‘Just want to put this out there for anyone concerned. 

‘Myself and David are not aware of who has set this GoFundMe page up. We have not been contacted by the organiser or anyone connected to the Saddle Pub and are worried this could be a scam. 

‘Please if anyone is concerned request a refund as we would absolutely hate for anyone to get scammed, especially In our name. Please share.

‘Please note we are aware of the page set up by Jenny Phillips, who has been in touch with us – this is genuine. Thank you.’ 

A part-owner for the Saddle Pub in Kirkdale told MailOnline they ‘know nothing about’ the fundraiser.

And a spokesperson for GoFundMe said: ‘It is not uncommon for people to set up a GoFundMe for someone else in these circumstances. 

‘We are in full control of the funds and they will only be released to David or his family with David’s consent. We are currently working with the organiser to do this.’ 

Set up yesterday with a target of £20,000, donations have already reached £35,700 at the time of writing. 

The fundraiser, said to be set up by ‘the lads out the Saddle Kirkdale’, writes in its description: ‘This man is an absolute hero his quick thinking tonight possibly saved a lot of lives’

Another fundraiser set up by Jenny Phillips, which Rachel says she is aware of, has reached over £27,000 of its £100,000 target, at the time of writing

Meanwhile, the fundraiser set up by Jenny Phillips has reached over £27,000 of its £100,000 target.  

It follows Mrs Perry saying it was an ‘utter miracle’ her husband survived with only minor injuries, as security sources revealed Al Swealmeen did not intend to set off the device in the taxi.

One suggested the detonators exploded but failed to set off the main charge, while others claimed the partition screen between him and the passenger saved his life.

Mrs Perry earlier wrote: ‘I would just like to thank each and every one of you who has messaged asking how David is. He is doing okay but is extremely sore and trying to process what’s happened.

‘There are a lot of rumours flying round about him being a hero and locking the passenger inside the car. But the truth of the matter is, he is without doubt, lucky to be alive. 

‘The explosion happened whilst he was in the car and how he managed to escape is an utter miracle. He certainly had some guardian angels looking over him.’

Nick Aldworth, a former counter-terrorism national co-ordinator, told BBC Radio 4’s Today that from what he has seen there is ‘very little blast damage’ indicating that whatever was in the vehicle was ‘low yield or didn’t work properly, or possibly an incendiary’. 

Despite his injuries, Mr Perry warned others to stay away as he staggered towards the hospital reception with his head in his hands. Half a minute later the car was engulfed in flames

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David Videcette, a former 7/7 counter-terror detective at Scotland Yard, said: ‘The white smoke indicates the explosion was fuelled by some type of explosive, the fire then takes hold and the smoke changes colour as it consumes the car.

‘Improvised Explosive Devices have various components, with each having to operate in the correct order. It’s possible what we see here is a detonator explosion that has failed to set off the main charge.’

The male passenger killed in the blast had asked to go to the hospital around ten minutes from his home in Rutland Avenue, but friends of the taxi driver believe the target may have been less than a mile away at the city’s Service of Remembrance at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, where 1,200 military personnel, veterans and families of the fallen had gathered.

Police say the bomb was brought into the cab by the male passenger, who was the only person killed in the explosion. Reports also claim that Mr Perry had locked the doors to stop the suspect from running into the hospital with the bomb.

Boris Johnson hailed Mr Perry, 45 and a married father-of-two, telling reporters: ‘It does look as though the taxi driver in question did behave with incredible presence of mind and bravery.’

Friends have also described his escape as ‘a miracle’. One said: ‘I can’t believe he wasn’t more seriously injured. Let’s be honest we’re all lucky whoever made the bomb was a bit rubbish.’

Another added: ‘David’s the luckiest man in Britain, as well as the most heroic.’

MailOnline has contacted the fundraiser’s organiser for comment.

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