Veteran Leeds soldier Simon Buckden on fraud charges UPDATED

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A war veteran turned fundraiser and public speaker has been charged with fraud over claims he lied about his military and medical history.

Simon Buckden, from Bramley, Leeds, is due in court next month to face seven fraud charges.

The allegations include claims the ex-Royal Signalman lied about having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and cancer to obtain money.

It is believed at least one of the charges relates to an allegation that he falsely claimed to have served with the SAS.

Buckden, who served in Iraq, Bosnia, Rwanda and Northern Ireland, was medically discharged from the army after nearly 12 years of service in 2001.

He went on to become a high-profile campaigner for victims of PTSD after revealing he had been diagnosed with the condition in 2005.

He also set out to run 100 marathons in 100 weeks in 2012 and 2013 to raise awareness of PTSD and to fundraise for charity Help for Heroes.

He was recognised for his campaign by being made one of the torchbearers for the Olympic flame before the London games in 2012, shortly after revealing he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Buckden, 42, was arrested at his home in Landseer Way last August and, after answering bail, has been charged with seven counts of fraud by false representation.

West Yorkshire Police said the charges related to “alleged claims around post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer and military service”. The alleged offences took place between October 14, 2009, and December 31, 2013.

Buckden is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 18.

The Yorkshire Evening Post was unable to contact him for comment yesterday, but he posted several messages on social media appearing to refute the allegations.

In one tweet he wrote: “Always 2 sides to a story and looking forward to mine coming out.”

In another he said he was “looking forward” to March.

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