Car thief identified after being on X Factor
GETTING away with a crime is hard enough at the best of times, but if you’ve been on television, chances are someone will find it very easy to spot you.
And that’s exactly what happened when Paige Flaherty stole a car and someone recognised her from her audition on the X Factor.
Paige was a member of unsuccessful girlgroup, Twisted, who auditioned on the 2011 series of the ITV talent show. And sadly for her, the pedestrian who she hit and bruised with a stolen pink Mini in Newcastle was a viewer of the show, clocked her and called the police.
The car belonged to fellow Twisted bandmate Katie Orrock and, marvellously, the pink car in question was also on TV when the girls appeared on the show. Even better is that the incident took place just before the show aired, meaning that it was very, very easy to catch up with her.
Flaherty gave the victim incorrect contact details, and now she’s ended up pleading guilty at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court to stealing a vehicle and driving with no insurance.
She’s the one on the far left, if you’re wondering.