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€700k wills boost for Simon

Two anonymous donors, who gave the Dublin Simon Community €700,000 in their wills, prevented the agency from going in the red in 2012.

It received one cash bequest totalling over €550,000 and a second for €150,000.

The bequests formed a large part of €1.2m the DSC received in wills last year – an increase of €174,000 on the €1.056m received in 2011.

DSC chief Sam McGuinness said: "Bequests are essential in these very tough times and are very gratefully received."


BRITISH police will support an inquiry into claims that undercover officers hunted for information to smear the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

But Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe warned that the process could be lengthy and inconclusive.

Stephen's father Neville has demanded a judge-led inquiry into suggestions of a smear campaign.


A fraudster who posed as comedian Peter Kay's brother to scam pub landlords has been jailed for two years.

Peter Stead (50) claimed he was the comic's brother Danny Kay and was raising money for a sick youngster.

He also made promises that his brother would appear at the venue.

Stead admitted five counts of fraud between 2008 and 2012 at Derby Crown Court.


The wife of English runaway maths teacher Jeremy Forrest has launched divorce proceedings against him, his sister said today.

Carrie Hanspaul said: "Divorce proceedings are going through, which she initiated."

The 30-year-old teacher is serving five-and-a-half years for child abduction and five charges of sexual activity with a child.

Forrest fled to France with the girl when she was 15.

Ms Hanspaul told ITV's Daybreak programme that Forrest and his wife had a "very difficult relationship".

She said her brother still loved the girl with whom he went to France, and the girl loved him.