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Para climbed Kilimanjaro as he got £6k for disability

Peak fitness: Lloyd (right) while on a mountain climbing trip PICTURES: WALES NEWS SERVICE

A WAR veteran claimed thousands of pounds in disability benefits while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and winning a triathlon, a court heard.

Mark Lloyd, 33, said his mobility was severely restricted after he suffered a back injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while serving in the army in Afghanistan.

The former paratrooper, who was known as Action Man Mark, claimed £6,500 after telling officials that he could not bend or stretch, needed walking aids and suffered pain when walking short distances.

Benefits fraud: Mark Lloyd

But while claiming personal independence payments from October 2014 to last February he completed ‘tough physical challenges’, including skiing and taking part in the World Powerboat Championships, Merthyr Tydfil magistrates’ court was told.

Lloyd, from Pontypridd, south Wales, had denied dishonestly failing to disclose information to make a gain for himself but was convicted after a trial at the court yesterday. He will be sentenced on August 3.

Laura Walters, a prosecutor in the Crown Prosecution Service’s specialist fraud division, said: ‘Lloyd vastly overstated his care needs to claim the cash but he could not hide from the overwhelming evidence, including photos of a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and his participation in a triathlon.’