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CCTV shows shopper's fake fall in bid to win compensation

A shopper threw himself to the floor in a fake fall to try and claim compensation from a supermarket.

Unemployed Louis Dempsey, 35, of Mount Pleasant, Brighton is shown on CCTV looking around before dramatically throwing himself on the floor in his local Asda store.

He tried to claim £11,000 for injuries and 'emotional suffering' but when the store saw the footage proving he was lying, he was charged with fraud.

Louis Dempsey tried to make the claim against Asda in 2012, police said. Credit: PA

He was jailed for nine months at Lewes Crown Court on October 9 after he was convicted of a charge of fraud by making a false representation.

In Novemember 2012, Dempsey claimed that he had suffered back and neck pain, headaches and emotional suffering when he fell on a wet surface in the Brighton store in June of that year.

When the store sent the CCTV footage to his solicitor, nothing was heard from him for more than a year, but his claim remained in place, police said.

Dempsey and his basket go flying Credit: Sussex Police

Dempsey claimed that he sustained the injuries when he slipped on a puddle of water which had been dripping from the store ceiling. But the whole CCTV episode shows him previously walking across that area and looking around, and others walking past with no problem at all.

– PC Lee Johnson, Sussex Police

When Asda informed Sussex Police about the incident, he was prosecuted despite denying any wrong-doing.