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A BUSINESSMAN who claimed to have been a Captain in the Royal Navy has been given a police caution.

Stuart Elliott claimed to have served aboard Portsmouth-based destroyer HMS Coventry and wore a bogus uniform and medals.

He duped a Royal Naval Association, whose members invited him to a prestigious dinner at which he claimed prizes. He was pictured shaking hands with a veteran on Remembrance Day.

And met he Falklands veteran Simon Weston, whose face was badly burned in the conflict.

Mr Weston opened a new business premises for Elliott after being taken in by his story.

Elliott, 51, pretended to have been in service for 25 years to con businesses into investing in his company.

He was found out when a sharp-eyed veteran noticed that his medals were being worn in the wrong order, and one had its ribbon upside-down.

Elliott, of Hull, Yorkshire, in fact never served aboard HMS Coventry and was in fact a third engineer in a tug boat during the conflict.

The unauthorised wearing of a Royal Navy uniform is criminal under the Uniforms Act 1894.

Prosecutors decided Elliott, boss of gas turbine maintenance firm TC Power, should get a police caution after admitting fraud.

Det Insp Mike Reed, of Humberside Police, said: ‘A number of potential offences were identified.’