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Apprentice wannabe held over fraud

One of Lord Sugar's Apprentice contestants is on police bail after being arrested on suspicion of fraud, it has emerged.

Mortgage broker Christopher Farrell, 29, was quizzed over alleged financial irregularities and released on bail pending further inquiries, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

It is understood the allegation relates to making a false representation via cheque or card.

A force spokesman said: "A 29-year-old from Plymouth was arrested on August 4 and bailed until October 27 to return to a police station in Plymouth."

It also emerged Farrell, who will be seen on the new Apprentice series next week, has a weapons conviction, which he did not disclose to TV producers.

Farrell's Apprentice profile says he claims to show no emotion, likes to be pushed and as a former Royal Marine is not afraid to give people a "kick up the backside".

A keen golfer and health and fitness fanatic, he also claims to be "focused and driven".

He told BBC executives: "I've been to the other side of things where friends lose legs, lose limbs, so I know I'm lucky to be where I am.

"I was a sniper in the Royal Marines and I take that killer instinct across into business."

Farrell was in the dock at Plymouth Crown Court last September - just before filming for the hit TV show started - and admitted two charges of possessing an offensive weapon.

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