Major Charles Ingram and lecturer TECWEN WHITTOCK have been found guilty of cheating their way to the top prize on the British version of the TV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

The verdicts came after JUDGE GEOFFREY RIVLIN QC told the eight women and three men of the jury at London's SOUTHWARK CROWN COURT he would accept majority decisions after three days of deliberations.

The jury resumed deliberations on the case against the major's wife DIANA.

Major Ingram - who was seen apparently fairly winning the top prize of a million pounds - was found guilty of "cheating his way" to the top prize on the popular TV quiz show.

University lecturer Whittock was found guilty of using "coded coughs" to signal the right answers to him.

Diana Ingram was said by the prosecution to have helped "set up" the scam.

The Ingrams, both 39, of Wiltshire, and Whittock 53, who lives in Cardiff, Wales each denied a single count of "procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception" on 10 September 2001.