Farmer duped girlfriend into thinking he was MI5 agent by taking gun to carvery

A lying farmer managed to convince a string of lovers he was an undercover superspy for years before he was finally arrested for keeping guns in his chicken coop, causing his web of lies to collapse.

John Hare, 53, duped at least four girlfriends, his wife, his parents and his two children for a whopping 25 years into thinking that he was an operative working for MI5.

But the farmer was anything but James Bond and eventually, his secrets became too cumbersome to bear, reports the Mirror.

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Before going to prison for his crimes, Hare told one lover: “I’m going to Morrisons to buy some underpants.”

Hare was also convicted of assaulting one long-term lover, punching and slapping her across the face.

It soon emerged that Hare had a string of affairs while pretending to be a spy.

He gave women a number for his “unit” which they could message if he was in danger. The con artist also convinced one woman he was living with her while actually still living at his farm with his wife and two kids.

Hare filmed a lover in kinky sex sessions in a hotel bedroom, which another partner found on his phone.

It emerged he took one mum-of-two abroad and for weekend breaks in the UK while seeing the other women and had one lover so besotted that she left her husband of 46 years. The woman was still convinced they were an item even as he was jailed.

He thought nothing of using fake secret service documents and bank transfers to cover his tracks.

In reality, he was a 53-year-old farmer from Murton, Co Durham, with a green waste recycling business.

One lover told the Mirror: “Everybody thinks he is horrible. He has done some bad things and told some lies.

“But I thought we were still together right up until he went to prison.”

At the time of his arrest in May 2020, Hare was romantically involved with five women including his wife of almost 25 years.

One girlfriend, who lived 10 minutes from Hare’s marital home, believed she was his full-time partner. Another lover lived 15 minutes away in the other direction. She said: “He admitted that he was seeing other women.

“More fool me. But he has been the love of my life and I trusted him with mine and told him that he could trust me with his life. I left after 46 years of marriage, we had shared a lifetime together. I would ask now how he felt about me, was that a lie?”

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Now she has security cameras at the front and back of her property.

She was shocked to find Hare had been seeing three other women at the same time as her, all while married.

Hare told another lover that he had worked at the Tuxedo Royale floating nightclub in Newcastle.

He said that he then got into personal protection work, before the “secret service” approached him.

Lies he told included that he needed to carry a gun at all times – including when he took a lover to a Toby Carvery.

Sentencing him to five years at Newcastle crown court for assault, possession of a firearm and criminal damage, Judge Edward Bindloss told Hare his victim believed “you had some kind of connection to the secret service and agents and had killed people due to your work”. But he added: “That was all complete fantasy.”

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