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N-Dubz rapper Dappy admits lying to police

Dappy of N-Dubz
Image caption Dappy was seen this weekend with N-Dubz at the Isle of Wight festival

Rapper Dappy of chart-topping group N-Dubz has revealed he routinely gives wrong information to police whenever he is stopped and searched.

"Up to this day we still give the wrong name and address," the rap star said.

Dappy - real name Dino Contostavlos - makes the admission in a Channel 4 documentary called Being N-Dubz.

In the programme, to be broadcast on Monday, the 23-year-old Londoner also talks about how he used to dodge train fares but is now "legit".

"For the first time we're actually gonna pay and do this properly," he is filmed saying.

Dappy's latest admission follows an earlier revelation on GMTV that he took the drug mephedrone, before it was made illegal.

He also made headlines in January after sending threatening text messages to a BBC Radio One listener, resulting in N-Dubz being dropped as ambassadors of an anti-bullying charity.

'Big problem'

The Channel 4 show follows the three-piece band - Dappy, his cousin Tulisa and best friend Richard "Fazer" Rawson - as they walk around the north London area where they grew up.

It sees Dappy reveal the police "used to be a big problem to us back in the day" and "used to chase us anywhere we used to go".

Earlier this year the double-Mobo award winners published a book in which they discuss being part of gangs and carrying knives.

The hip-hop group, who featured on Tinchy Stryder's chart-topping single Number One, performed this weekend at the Isle of Wight festival.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said it is not an offence to give false information to police during a stop and search unless one is under arrest.

"The point of stop and search is not to ascertain your details but to undertake a search," he said.

According to the Home Office website, "you don't have to give your name, address or date of birth to the police if you're stopped and searched unless you're being reported for an offence."

If the search provides grounds for an arrest, though, any false information could theoretically lead to charges - for example, attempting to pervert the course of justice.

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