A MAN is alleged to have impersonated a police officer to try to trick his way into the home of former Huddersfield woman Dawn Auty, who lost both her legs in an horrific accident.

Steven Buchan, 20, allegedly tried to enter 43-year-old Ms Auty's home in Blackpool after an incident at the address.

A Lancashire Police

spokeswoman said Buchan, of Blackpool, has been charged with impersonating a police officer and will appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court on January 20.

The incident is the latest in a line of upsets for Ms Auty, since she had both her legs amputated in November.

Ms Auty, formerly of Grasscroft Road in Marsh, was due to marry her IT worker fiancé Stephen Flood, 36, at Central Methodist Church in Blackpool.

The couple had lived together since Ms Auty moved to Blackpool in April 2003.

She rode to the church on a motorised trike to make her wedding extra special - as she and her relatives believed she had terminal cancer.

Yards from the church, her dress and legs were dragged into the machinery of a motorised trike she was riding.

Ms Auty had both her legs amputated at the scene.

Later at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Ms Auty and her family found out tests for cancer had come back clear.

The news about the cancer all-clear caused rows between Ms Auty and Mr Flood as he thought she might have lied to him about the disease.

The couple separated briefly but have been reunited.

Ms Auty was dealt another blow on December 30 after her friend and carer Avril Sart collapsed and died of a heart attack at her home.