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Knife victim' gets jail term

PUBLISHED: 16:15 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010

A man who claimed he had been stabbed so he could get a bed at a police station has been jailed. Stephen Carden, 28, of Warwick Crescent, Maldon, Essex, was sentenced to 12 weeks at Mid-North Essex Magistrates Court on January 7 for wasting police time

A man who claimed he had been stabbed so he could get a bed at a police station has been jailed.

Stephen Carden, 28, of Warwick Crescent, Maldon, Essex, was sentenced to 12 weeks at Mid-North Essex Magistrates' Court on January 7 for wasting police time by giving a false report in Bromley on October 11 last year.

At 2.50am he called 999 from outside Orpington rail station, telling the operator he had been stabbed and that the suspects were hiding up a tree.

But when officers arrived he told them he called them because he missed his last train home and wanted a bed for the night.

He then tried to get into the back of the police car but officers stopped him when they knew he had enough money to get a taxi home.

Carden walked to the taxi office where he dialled 999 two more times. Police arrested him at 3.30am.

He was later charged with wasting police time but failed to appear at Bromley Magistrates' Court on October 27. He was arrested on November 25 and appeared in court on the same day, pleading guilty to the

offence.

The case was transferred to Mid-North Essex Magistrates' Court for sentencing on December 16 but Carden again failed to appear.

He was re-arrested on January 6 and jailed the next day.

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