BREAKING NEWS: WILTSHIRE army major Charles Ingram and his wife Diana have been found guilty of cheating their way to the top prize on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? quiz show.

Disgraced Ingram, 39, of Easterton near Devizes, tricked host Chris Tarrant into signing the million-pound cheque after using an accomplice's coded coughs to help select the answers.

His wife, Diana Ingram, also 39, was found guilty of helping to "set up" the scam.

College lecturer Tecwen Whittock, 53, Heol-y-Gors, Whitchurch, Cardiff, accused of using a series of 19 pretend coughs to guide the Royal Engineer, was also convicted at London's Southwark Crown Court today (Monday).

The jury took a total of 13 hours 51 minutes to deliberate the case over three days.

Ingram and his wife were sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, and each fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs.

Whittock was sentenced to 12 months in prison, also suspended for two years, and was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £7,500 in costs.

See Tuesday's Evening Advertiser for more details.