Printer Friendly


A MAN convicted of stealing from a wildlife charity and indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl helper is working at a seal sanctuary backed by EastEnders star Pam St Clement.

Harry Nickerson, 72, was jailed for three months after being found guilty of the assault and stealing nearly pounds 7,500 from another seal sanctuary.

Pam, who knows about Nickerson's past, helps to release seals back into the wild.

Nickerson was banned from running a charity for 10 years when he was convicted in 1996.

But although the new sanctuary, Save Our Seals in Norfolk, is not a registered charity, it has appealed for pounds 2,000 in donations to build an outdoor seal pool.

And in a magazine interview Nickerson said he needs more than pounds 1,000 a month to run the centre.

Now Nickerson's lawyers are claiming he is only a volunteer worker, but it was Nickerson who asked to open the sanctuary in a cattle yard on Burnley Hall Estate at Winterton on Sea.

His role there is now under investigation by the Charity Commission. "We will look into the activities of the organisation to decide whether it is a charity," said a spokesman.

"If this is the case we will seek to take action against any person acting as a trustee of the charity whilst having unspent convictions involving dishonesty or deception.

"To act as a trustee in such circumstances is a criminal offence.""

Soap star Pam, who plays Pat Butcher, said: "I am not judge and jury. I know Harry has devoted a major part of his life to wildlife welfare.

"That is how I know him and how I respect him," added Pam, who has been involved with seal projects for eight years.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1999 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

 Reader Opinion




Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Moran, Kathy
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 21, 1999
Previous Article:Hippie days are here again...; It Was The Summer Of '69...Now, As That Look Makes A Comeback, We Track Down Three Pillars Of Respectability Who Lived...
Next Article:The Diary: Catherine's pounds 2m sea view.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2015 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters