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06-10-04, 15:49

A number of people wanted by police were duped into appearing on a fake TV game show, only to find themselves trapped by detectives.

Hampshire Police sent hoax letters to the homes of fine-dodgers and others wanted on court warrants, offering them the chance to win big cash prizes.

Twenty contestants were invited to Portsmouth Guildhall on Sunday to take part in the Great Big Giveaway Show.

But instead of leaving as millionaires, 17 of them ended up under arrest.

They were wanted for outstanding fines, traffic offences, common assault, criminal damage, drink-driving, drugs and bail offences.

The whole event, recorded for Channel Five, is to be broadcast later this year.

Celebrities Neil and Christine Hamilton were employed to front the show and actor Darren Day provided a voice-over.

As the "guests" arrived they were frisked and had their identities checked by a police officer dressed in a dinner suit.

After having their make-up done, the contestants waited backstage where they could hear the sound of a taped studio audience.

One by one they were called on to the stage, along a red carpet, through a cloud smoke and straight into the hands of two awaiting police officers.

Nine men and eight women were arrested, according to a Hampshire Police spokeswoman.

'Distasteful stunt'

Police plan to bring a further 144 fine-dodgers before magistrates after they replied to the hoax letters.

Barry Hugill, spokesman for civil liberties campaign group Liberty criticised the sting, calling it a public relations stunt.

Full story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/3717896.stm)

06-10-04, 16:44
Hey, whatever works! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif

06-10-04, 17:38
OMG that is a classic, that should be on Britains most Dumbest Criminals! http://www.tombraiderforums.com/images/smilies/c-2.gif