From The Shields Gazette:
A LANDLADY sparked a huge police operation after a staging a fake heist on her social club inspired by a hit television show.
Scores of special officers and a police helicopter were scrambled to the Big Club in Boldon Colliery after a cleaner found Kim Collins bound and gagged inside.
The 42-year-old was tied to a chair with tape over her mouth, cable ties around her wrists and cuts to her arms and legs.
She told the terrified cleaner a masked man had woken her in the night and tied her up before he snorted a bag of cocaine, emptied the safe and disappeared.
But after detectives found holes in her story, she admitted to making the whole thing up to try to convince her boyfriend and business partner that they should sell the club and move away.
And Collins, of Station Road, Boldon Colliery, claimed inspiration for the bizarre plan from watching CSI programmes.
She pleaded guilty to wasting police time and possessing a Class A drug when she appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
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