Pregnant gypsy mum-of-11 lied to get husband car insurance

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A mother-of-11 lied to get her husband car insurance by claiming he held a UK driving licence when he held an Irish licence, a court heard.

Mary Ward (40), who is currently pregnant again, left her husband Brian uninsured by her actions, but claimed he had pressurised her into making the call.

Burnley magistrates heard how Ward told the insurers her husband, who was the registered keeper of the vehicle, had had a UK driving licence for 10 years. It was not true.

Ward, who is from the travelling community, lives with her husband, for whom she is a carer, and their 11 children in a caravan.

The defendant, care of Williams Road, Burnley, admitted making a false statement to obtain insurance, last November 20, at Burnley. She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and told to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

The court was told Ward had been out of trouble, other than a shoplifting offence in 2012, for about 10 years. Her husband was stopped in his car by police and it turned out his insurance was not valid.

Jeremy Frain (defending) said her husband pressurised her into making the phone call to the insurance company.

The solicitor continued: “She bitterly regrets it and it has caused a great deal of animosity ever since.”

Mr Frain added Ward was now expecting her 12th child and lived with her husband and their family in a caravan.