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Essex woman admits 'faking' cancer

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A 24-year-old woman from Colchester has pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud after claiming she had cervical cancer and pocketing money donated for her treatment. Danielle Watson, a bank worker from Rowhedge, also accepted donations from wedding suppliers for a wedding after claiming she didn’t have long to live.

Southend Crown Court heard how a charity fund was started in her name after she told staff at a bridal shop that failing health had caused her to bring her wedding forward.

Watson was given 10 bottles of champagne at her wedding reception at the Ivory rooms in Billericay and £100 off her bill, offered a room upgrade and food package upgrade for free. Weekend takings from the cloakroom, totaling £700, were donated to her charity fund. Her wedding planner also offered their services for free.

"She... abused the trust of kind and generous people who wanted to help a person they thought was dying."

– DC Rob Lewis, Essex Police

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Victoria Lampard below

Investigating officer DC Rob Lewis said: "Danielle Watson acted in a cold and calculated manner. She be-friended and abused the trust of kind and generous people who wanted to help a person they thought was dying. She obtained significant financial gain, gifts and services from the kind hearted and at no point throughout the investigation did she demonstrate any form of remorse or shoulder the responsibility for her conduct."

Danielle Watson was released on bail pending sentencing at the same court on January 9, 2015.