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Fraudster jailed for 18 months

February 22, 2013, 11:57 pm

A fraudster who fled police during a pursuit has been jailed for 18 months.

Daniel Belcher, 34, of Herschel Crescent, Oxford, was sentenced yesterday (Thursday 21) at Cambridge Crown Court. He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to possession of articles for use in the course of fraud, two counts of aiding and abetting fraud by false representation, dangerous driving and possession of bladed articles.

On January 3, this year, officers tried to stop Belcher in the Audi A6 he was driving in Cambridge city centre as he had no lights on, but he failed to stop. They followed him along Victoria Avenue before traffic officers took up the pursuit along Madingley Road. Belcher reached speeds of up to 70mph along Queen’s Road at which point officers stopped pursuing his car.

A short time later Belcher jumped out of the moving vehicle and was arrested close by after being chased on foot by an officer.

On searching Belcher’s vehicle officers found cash, two knives and a number of counterfeit till receipts from a high street store. This later transpired to be used in a scam to fraudulently claim money back from the store.

His passenger, a 24-year-old woman from Birmingham, was arrested and later cautioned for fraud.

PC Dave Hall said: “Thanks to the eagle-eyed officers on patrol, Belcher was spotted and arrested. As a consequence we were able to uncover his scam and ensure he was brought to justice.”

Belcher was sentenced to 12 months in relation to fraud and six months for dangerous driving. And an additional three months for possession of a bladed article, to run concurrently.

He was disqualified from driving for a year and had his car confiscated.

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