WILDLIFE THIEF OPENS NEW SEAL SANCTUARY.
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.
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|Publication:||Sunday Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 21, 1999|
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