Benefits cheat and reality TV star skips community service because she hates taking the bus

Transgender reality TV star Chelsey Harwood is facing prison after failing to carry out her community service – because she refuses to “mix with scallies” and travel to it by bus.

Chelsey Harwood outside court in April (Liverpool Echo)

The ‘Botched Up Bodies’ star was slapped with a four month suspended sentence and ordered to wear a tag in April this year after she was busted for falsely claiming £25,000 in benefits.

She was ordered to carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activities and do 100 hours of public service chores but has been issued with a court summons for not turning up to work.


The 29-year-old, from St Helens, Merseyside, admitted the Liverpool Echo it was simply too far away – 25 miles – and she didn’t want to use public transport like the bus because she didn’t want to mix with “scallies.”

She said: “They wanted me there at 9am, and it was 25.9 miles away. After I had my accident I haven’t been driving and I’m not getting the bus. I refuse to get the bus.“I haven’t got public transport in years, I couldn’t even tell you how much a bus costs. I would not get a bus unless they [the probation service] paid for it. How do they expect me to get there?”

Harwood also explained her constant battle with mental health problems meant she was “unsuitable” for unpaid work – and that her legal team would be presenting arguments in court to have her excused.


She added: “I suffer with depression and anxiety. I am classed as vulnerable adult. I’m on anti-depressants, I’m taking sleeping tablets. I am not suitable to go to prison, and it was even advised at the time I didn’t do community service because my lifestyle would attract people.”

Speaking outside of court in April, the former web cam girl said she wasn’t sorry for claiming benefits illegally and told the Liverpool Echo: “I pay road tax, I pay cigarette tax. I pay my tax. I’m not saying sorry, I’m not sorry one little bit.’It’s not that I’m not sorry, I’ve been given my punishment today. That’s my punishment. Do you know what I mean? I don’t need to beg to forgiveness.”

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