Public encouraged to report benefits cheats anonymously

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Members of the public are being encouraged to report benefits cheats anonymously.

It is all part of a campaign launched by the Department for Work and Pensions, which is asking people to call the Crimestoppers hotline if they suspect someone of cheating the system.

David Cording, the deputy chief executive of Crimestoppers, told the BBC that working closely with the government for the first time would help stop benefit fraud as it had in other areas of crime.

He said: "If you look at our success rate, 23 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers."

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