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HARRY ROTTER DOBBIED IN TO THE COPS OVER MEDAL MUGGLE; His medical gong's a fake, claims St John boss.

Byline: ADAM ASPINALL

A SOLICITOR attacked by a judge for appearing in court with medals for medical service stitched into his robe has been reported to police over claims they are fake.

Legal advocate Alan Blacker was told he "looked like something out of Harry Potter" by David Wynn Morgan when he arrived to defend a client in Cardiff.

The lawyer, who bears a striking resemblance to Hagrid in the movies, said the medals were awarded to him for his service with St John Ambulance.

But the volunteer medical body insisted Mr Blacker, also called Lord Harley of Counsel, is not a member.

Order of St John in Wales chief executive Keith Dunn said: "We would like to confirm that Lord Harley is not a member of the Order of St John and his name does not appear on the roles of the Priory for Wales or England.

"He is not entitled to say he is a Knight of the Order of St John. We have asked the Chief Constable for South Wales Police to investigate this and St John will be taking legal action if necessary." Police confirmed they were looking into the matter. Mr Blacker, from Rochdale, Gtr Manchester - who claimed he inherited his peerage from his father in Ireland - could not be reached for comment.

However after he had been attacked by judge Wynn Morgan, Mr Blacker said outside the court: "My medals were awarded to me - they may be for voluntary medical service but they bear the face of the Queen. They are not some poxy swimming badge."

He told Law Society Gazette he was targeted by the judge because he is not a barrister but a legal advocate.

Mr Blacker claims he is "severely disabled". He lists an extraordinary number of qualifications, languages and society memberships on LinkedIn.

Judge Wynn Morgan had threatened to ban him from court if he arrived looking like a Potter character again.

adam.aspinall@mirror.co.uk

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Date:Sep 2, 2014
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