Man faked break-in at his own house

North Wales Weekly News - - YOUR VIEWS -

A MAN who faked a break-in at his own home was caught after sus­pi­cious po­lice checked mo­bile phone records and num­ber plate recog­ni­tion cam­eras to see if he had re­ally driven his wife to Manch­ester when it oc­curred, a court heard.

Peter Walsh, 54, of Vicarage Av­enue, Llan­dudno, had hid­den items in his at­tic and made a bo­gus £6,853 in­surance claim, the town’s mag­is­trates were told.

He ad­mit­ted wast­ing po­lice time and fraud, and was placed on a year’s com­mu­nity or­der with 240 hours of un­paid work and £255 costs.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tracey Willing­ham said he had called po­lice on the night of Oc­to­ber 19 last year to re­port a bur­glary. Walsh claimed he’d driven his wife to Manch­ester to visit fam­ily and dis­cov­ered the break-in when he re­turned alone. A pane of glass had been re­moved from the kitchen win­dow.

A num­ber of items were sup­pos­edly miss­ing, in­clud­ing watches, but he was very ner­vous and aroused sus­pi­cions.

Miss Willing­ham said checks showed his car hadn’t ac­ti­vated road­side num­ber plate recog­ni­tion cam­eras on the route to Manch­ester. His mo­bile phone had also been in the Llan­dudno area.

He con­fessed to mak­ing a fake re­port and said his wife had no in­volve­ment. He’d paid back the in­surance company, the pros­e­cu­tor added.

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