Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Actress Denise Welch apologises for reporting car stolen

Denise Welch

Actress Denise Welch apologised today for wasting police time after she forgot where her car was parked and reported it as stolen.

The former Coronation Street actress told viewers of the ITV chat show Loose Women on Tuesday that her car had been stolen.

Today Welch, 50, apologised to police for the mix-up and admitted she was "mortified" by her mistake.

"I am so embarrassed. I just want to apologise to the lovely Cheshire Police for wasting their time and energy because I thought that I'd left it at Macclesfield Station. I was sure," she said on today's show.

"So I reported it to the police because I thought maybe it had been towed away, but it hadn't, so therefore it was stolen. So I've had the police looking at CCTV."

Welch, who said she thought the car had been parked at Macclesfield Station, for about four days, added: "My son, who's been away recording in Exeter, got back last night and said 'Mum apparently it's been all over the telly that you've had your car stolen.

"Would that be the black Rodius that's in the car park at the Rectory pub in Wilmslow?"'

The actress admitted her SsangYong Rodius "was in the pub car park".

Welch, who suffers from depression and has previously admitted alcohol problems, added: "I honestly swear, hand on my heart, I swear this is not a drink related incident.

"It's not, because I parked it there because I couldn't get into the car park at Wilmslow. I parked it in there with jet lag."

Welch, who is married to actor Tim Healy, said: "I'm just so mortified and my son's so embarrassed and my husband's not speaking to me."

Inspector Gareth Woods of Macclesfield police station said: "We take any allegation of a car being stolen as serious but we are grateful to her for advising us as soon as she knew it was a mistake.

"I'm happy that her car was parked elsewhere rather than stolen. It's one less crime.

"At least she had the kindness to thank us on television."

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