A CAMPAIGN has been set up to reduce high insurance premiums in BB postcode areas caused by fake insurance claims.

In just four days more than 1,500 people have joined a group set up on Facebook protesting about high insurance costs.

The campaign has received the backing of Blackburn MP Jack Straw , who has spearheaded a campaign to overhaul the industry, due to rocketing premium costs.

He is also concerned about companies selling clients’ details to personal injury firms.

Rob Daye, 38, from Galligreaves, Blackburn, who set up the group, has also launched an epetition in the hope of getting get 100,000 signatures in order to get the issue brought up in the House of Commons.

Mr Straw said: “The campaign is a fantastic idea, I give it my full backing. This is something that I have been pusing for the past 14 months and will continue to do so.

“I think that it is outrageous that people can be made to pay more for their insurence based on where they live rather than the risk they pose to others as a driver.

“It’s like paying more for health insurance because you live next door to someone with cancer.

“I am going to see an insurance company about a case of someone in the BB1 area whose insurance premium increased by £700 because she moved from one part of the postcode to another part..”

Mr Daye said: “I see it as victimisation, that people in BB postcode areas are paying for the wrong doing of a few people who scam the system.

““I personally have seen my insurance cost rise from £600 to £930 in just three years for a peugeot 106 which only costs about £400.”