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OYEZ! TOWN CRYER FACES FRAUD RAP.

Byline: NIGEL NELSON

BRITAIN'S noisiest town cryer is due in court next week accused of keeping QUIET about his earnings.

Vic Watson - named Town Cryer Of The Year in October - is alleged to have illegally claimed pounds 9,000 of benefits over the past three years.

And all he was saying yesterday was "No comment".

It is claimed he made false statements by failing to declare his work as a town cryer, toastmaster and part-time clown to get housing benefit, council tax relief and income support.

Mr Watson, 57, first person to hold his post in Huddersfield, West Yorks, for 250 years, faces six charges before magistrates on December 23.

He became town cryer four years ago and has 142 pieces of jewellery on his cape, including a brooch comedy legend Charlie Chaplin gave his first wife.

For winning the national title he was presented with a decorated toilet seat by the Loyal Company of Town Cryers.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2002
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