http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/news/just-wanted-help-says-bogus-war-hero/article-1565363-detail/article.html A POPPY seller who claimed he won the Military Cross in the Falklands War has admitted he bought a beret and clutch of medals at an auction, according to a national newspaper. John McInerney, 65, claimed he was a former paratrooper sergeant at Tesco in St Stephen's Shopping Centre. Last week, the Mail reported that ex-members of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, had complained, saying Mr McInerney was not a former soldier. Today McInerney was quoted in national newspaper apparently admitting to posing as a former comrade saying: "I just wanted to look authentic for the Poppy Appeal." Mr McInerney, who lives off Spring Bank, west Hull, was photographed by the Mail wearing the maroon beret of 2 Para. And he sparked fury among veterans of the 1982 conflict by claiming camaraderie with Lance-Corporal Gary 'Gaz' Bingley. L/Cpl Bingley, whose parents live in Beverley, was awarded a posthumous Military Medal for heroics at the battle of Goose Green. The Mail attempted to contact Mr McInerney again this morning, but he was not available. Now read all the stupid comments from the locals!