A young bride who claimed to be stricken with cervical cancer, prompting donors to raise thousands of pounds for her dream wedding, has been arrested on suspicion of faking the disease.
Danielle Watson, 22, from Billericay, Essex has been released on bail after her arrest for fraud by false representation.
Donors had grown suspicious when she claimed she had become pregnant, despite being in advance stages of the disease, the Sun reported.
Danielle Watson, with The Only Way Is Essex star Arg, on her hen do
Her campaign to raise £6,000 for a private course of what she termed intravenous Vitamin C treatment, which she claimed was her last chance to beat the disease, which killed Big Brother's Jade Goody in 2009, attracted local support and an auction to raise money was supported by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey.
Watson told the Basildon Evening Echo her boyfriend had proposed when the cervical cancer had got to its final stage.
Campaigners on Facebook groups which supported her fundraising posted that they were told she "no longer needed treatment."
Gordon Ramsey apparently pledge his supported for an auction to help the "cancer-stricken" woman
A charity ball, with tickets costing £45 was held to raise money and awareness of the disease, with the local newspaper quoting her saying: "I have an image in my head of me in the newspaper handing over a giant cheque to cervical cancer research because I don't need the treatment. That would be ideal."
An Essex Police spokesman said: "A woman was arrested on July 27 in connection with police inquiries into a charity collection.
"The 22-year-old woman was arrested at her home in Billericay at 9.30am.
"She was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation.
"The woman was later bailed until August 6 pending further inquiries."
Danielle Watson claimed to have the same cancer which killed Jade Goody in 2009
Sandra Cousins, whose daughter Mercedes Curnow died from cervical cancer aged 23, said she had promoted Watson's cause on her fundraising site when campaigner contacted her. "A lot of people are very upset about the allegations.
"It's a very agressive cancer in young girls and they can be very vulnerable. I know a lady who has cancer herself who donated money to the cause."
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