'I don't know who set it up' - Alan Barnes speaks out against fake £10,000 donation page
A Facebook page that sought a £10,000 donation from the public while claiming to be Alan Barnes has been rumbled as a fake.
An investigation by ChronicleLive has revealed that the page - established in February 2015 - was not set up with the Gateshead mugging victim’s permission.
Whoever is behind the “Alan Barnes Official” page - which has 732 likes - responds to public questions in the first person and purports to be Alan himself.
But when pressed by the Chronicle in a series of direct messages the imposter admitted that they were not Alan - but rather a “well wisher”.
Alan, 68, said in... read more
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