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Monday, 02 March 2015

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Market trader accused of sending malicious text to police

A Dutch cheese seller has been accused of providing false information to police, leading to the arrests of fellow market stall holders.

Branco Van Wissen photo
Branco Van Wissen

Two continental market traders were wrongly arrested after a malicious text message was allegedly sent to Cumbria police.

Cheese seller Branco Van Wissen, 25, and living in Holland, is accused of intentionally providing false information to police.

As a result, officers arrested two men at Whitehaven’s Tall Ships event on Saturday.

Van Wissen – who was a stall holder at the continental market – appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with perverting the course of justice.

The court heard that he allegedly sent a malicious text message during Saturday’s event resulting in the arrest of two men.

Van Wissen did not enter any pleas during his brief court appearance.

Magistrates sent the case to Carlisle Crown Court to be heard on September 22.

A spokeswoman for Cumbria police confirmed that an investigation had been carried out and the two men who were originally arrested had been released without charge.

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