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Fraudster who posed as Peter Kay's brother is jailed

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A fraudster who posed as the brother of Farnworth comedian Peter Kay to scam pub landlords, has been jailed for two years.

Peter Stead, 50, claimed he was the popular comic's brother Danny Kay and was raising funds for a sick youngster.

Derby Crown Court heard how on one occasion he told a publican he wanted to book a function room for an event to raise money for the Lewis Mighty Fund and his brother would be making an appearance.

Stead, of no fixed address, failed to put on any shows. He admitted five counts of fraud between 2008 and 2012.

Jailing him for a total of two years Recorder Adrienne Lucking told him his "confidence fraud", whereby he befriended people and pretended to be the brother of Peter Kay but failed to make good on his promises, was a particularly mean offence.

"You exploited their interest or their admiration for another individual to gain their confidence," she said.

"That was mean in itself.

"You would take their money, make excuses and not give them their goods.

"In doing that you carried out a well practised and planned confidence fraud."