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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Firm defamed by imposter

A Facebook page of what was described in the High Court as "an imposter" and carrying defamatory remarks about a refuse collection company has been taken down.

James Ferry had told the High Court that defamatory comments implicating both him and his company, Ferry's Refuse Collection Ltd, in illegal dumping had been posted on Facebook.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Michael Peart heard the "imposter account" had been deleted by Facebook.

MASCOT TOO THIN TO GO ON

A football mascot has decided to step down because he is no longer fat enough for the role. Lenny Berry (59) has been wearing a bowler hat to play Bradford City's City Gent mascot for 20 years.

But after he lost weight for health reasons - he was diagnosed with diabetes - he said he felt he could no longer play the portly character.

"I'm absolutely gutted. I am a grown man and this is something I have cried over," Mr Berry said.

BEAUTY QUEEN 'THREW BOMBS'

A young beauty pageant winner in the US is accused of throwing makeshift explosives from a car. Kendra McKenzie Gill – recently crowned Miss Riverton, Utah – and three others were arrested after allegedly throwing the homemade bombs at least nine times.

"They were throwing them at both property and people," the fire authority said. Ms Gill, who was 18 at the time of her June 8 pageant win, was booked on suspicion of detonating an incendiary device.

$1M DONATION TO GORILLA FUND

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is giving $1m (€750,000) to the Jane Goodall Institute to study and protect gorillas in Africa. The Paul G Allen Family Foundation says wildlife conservation projects in Africa will be a major initiative.

Science officer Kathy Richmond said that ocean science will be another priority. The Goodall grant will help researchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo survey a gorilla subspecies that may be on the verge of extinction.

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