Ex policewoman admits cancer fraud

A former North Yorkshire police officer from Pontefract who took time off work after lying about her daughter having cancer has admitted fraud.

Rachel Hewitt, 39, appeared at Hull Crown Court where she also pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct in a public office.

She admitted that, between January 1 2009 and October 10 last year, she claimed her daughter "was ill with a form of cancer, she had had a tumour which was surgically removed requiring chemotherapy that necessitated absence from work".

She was given unconditional bail and told she will be sentenced on June 6 at the same court.