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'Burglary' victim admits wasting police time
2:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A BURGLARY 'victim' has admitted lying to police after claiming his television had been stolen.
Anthony George Flynn, aged 38, pleaded guilty to wasteful employment of police time, and fraud, at Halton Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Emergency services were called to his home on Blyth Close, Runcorn, on June 8 this year following reports of a fire.
Sarah Grey, prosecuting, said the blaze was caused by a five-year-old child playing with a lighter in an upstairs bedroom.
The court heard officers then attended to investigate, taking pictures of the damaged house.
The following morning Flynn called police to report a burglary, claiming a window had been smashed overnight and the television taken.
However, the defendant was seen by witnesses moving it into a neighbouring property.
It was bought on hire purchase with Flynn hoping to get out of paying the remaining instalments, and then selling the television for cash.
Pictures taken after the fire showed it was removed from the property before he reported it as stolen, and Flynn was arrested.
The court heard the defendant needs ‘profound help’ to deal with long term alcohol addiction.
He also suffers from depression and angina, meaning he is unable to do community work.
District Judge Bridget Knight said: “You fell into a trap of your own making .
“You were very foolish and wasted police time.
“The police were able to see through that pretty quickly.”
Flynn was fined £200 with a 12 week electronic curfew imposed from 7am to 7pm.
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