Peterborough man jailed after falsely claiming his BMW had been stolen after car crash
A man from Peterborough has been jailed after he made a false report to police claiming his house had been burgled.
Police were called out to a collision in Lincoln Road at about 11pm on 29 January last year (2020) where a white BMW had hit a number of parked cars and the driver fled the scene.
The registered owner was identified as 29-year-old Furkan Hussain, so officers went to his home in Bourges Boulevard however they were met by Hussain’s mother who told them her son was not home.
An hour-and-a-half after the collision, Hussain called police to say he understood police were trying to get in touch with him as his car had been crashed.
Later that morning, Hussain called police again, this time to report his car as stolen. He told officers he was in Dewsbury and claimed the keys must have been taken from inside his home while he was away, therefore a crime was raised for burglary.
The investigation was allocated to a detective in the Acquisitive Crime Team who discovered Hussain was on a driving ban after being convicted of drink driving in 2019.
Raising suspicions, officers investigated the calls made which showed the two calls he made to police were made from a mobile phone in Peterborough.
All calls made from his mobile phone during the times he claimed to have been in Dewsbury were made from Peterborough, and analysis also put Hussain’s mobile phone at the scene of the collision in Lincoln Road.
Hussain was arrested in June on suspicion of perverting the course of justice by making a false report to police.
On Friday (7 May), he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court where he was sentenced to seven months in prison.
DS Adam Blake said: “This case is important to highlight to those who think it is acceptable to waste our time. As we’d had a report of a burglary, something which is a priority area for the force, a crime was raised and lines of enquiry carried out which could have been time spent focussing on someone else’s crime where there was a real victim.
“All because he was driving when he shouldn’t have been, as a result of his lies, Hussain is now spending time in prison.”