Conman faces jail over charity scam

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Prosecutors are no longer pursuing a fraud charge against a conman who told the Courier he was an ex-soldier raising money for Help for Heroes.

Peter Wall denied claiming to be Captain Peter Howard-Harding of 29 Commando Royal Artillery for a newspaper article last June about a world-record charity walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which never happened.

But the 30-year-old admitted three other charges of making false representations about his military career to gain £3,000.

Judge John Potter queried the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision, but prosecutor Patrick Gallager said his other guilty pleas gave sufficient sentencing powers.

The judge warned Wall he faces jail for the “particularly unpleasant” offences.

Wall, who is staying in Salvation Army accommodation in Blackburn, was released on conditional bail and will be sentenced on April 23. The fraud charge will be left to lie on file.