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A man accused of making "incredible and untrue" claims of abuse and murder set up a fake email address to corroborate his story, a court has heard. Carl Beech - previously known as "Nick" - is accused of fabricating the claims against a group of public figures that included politicians. Newcastle Crown Court was told he pretended to be "Fred", a witness he said would back up his story. Mr Beech denies 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. Jurors heard that "Fred" was actually Mr Beech. Mr Beech's allegations, which included a claim that three young boys were murdered by members of the group, led to a £2m Metropolitan Police investigation, which ended with no further action being taken. Full story

15 May