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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
Woman admits faking own killing
A woman who sparked a 25,000 police operation after faking her own kidnap and murder has pleaded guilty to wasting police time.

Rebecca Campion, 20, of Merseyside, admitted lying for "attention" after she split up with her boyfriend.

Liverpool magistrates heard that she sent text messages to her mother, one saying: "Your girl is dead and on Crosby beach."

The case was adjourned on Wednesday for pre-sentence reports.

After Campion sent the text messages a police operation was launched and the force's helicopter was sent to scour the beach near to her home in the Bootle area of Merseyside.

In the texts the 20-year-old wrote that she had been kidnapped by a gang of men in a white van.

'Wanted attention'

Her former boyfriend was also arrested and held for 24 hours on suspicion of kidnap.

But on 27 January this year, three days after she was allegedly kidnapped, Campion walked back into her home, the court heard.

Elizabeth Rice, prosecuting, told the court: "Campion admitted the scenario had been made up.

"She blamed her ex-boyfriend for her perceived mental state. She wanted attention and felt this was a way to attract it."

Campion will appear at the same court for sentencing on 21 June.


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