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CORRIE LEN LEFT JUST pounds 5,000 IN HIS WILL; Street fortune reduced to few grand.

Byline: DAVID BROWN

FALLEN Coronation Street legend Peter Adamson left just pounds 5,000 in his will, the Sunday People can reveal.

Adamson - who played romeo builder Len Fairclough - had once been worth millions.

But top lawyers' fees and the loss of his Street role ate up most of his money after he was cleared of indecently assaulting two eight-year-old girls in 1983.

And he was living as a recluse when he died of stomach cancer last January, aged 72. At the peak of his fame in the '60s and '70s, Adamson had been worth pounds 250,000 - millions in today's terms - with a fleet of cars, homes including a villa in Majorca and taking jet-set holidays.

The will was issued through the High Court in Leeds last week. Widower Adamson, who had a flat in Welton, Lincs, left his last few thousand to eldest son Michael, 48.

He told the Sunday People: "Dad lived life to the full but the court cases bled him dry."

Adamson asked for his ashes to be left to another son Greg, 39. Neighbour Fred Baldwin, 69, who witnessed the will, said: "It was a very sad end.

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Date:Jul 21, 2002
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