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A Bradford cat lover who went to a charity to replace his deceased moggie was told he couldn't have one because his neighbourhood was blacklisted.

Local newspaper the Telegraph & Argus reported that Peter Shaw of Hastings Street, Marshfield, was rejected by Cat Watch Rescue

Shaw said: "I was told I didn't qualify for one of Cat Watch Rescue's cats because pets were treated badly around here. I think the people of Marshfield would be quite interested to know how we are all tarred with the same brush."

- A row has broken out in Scotland after it was revealed that the Scottish Executive has given £500,000 of public money to a charity set up by a tax exile and Tory Party donor.

The Sunday Herald revealed that the Laidlaw Youth Trust, which distributes funds to youth organisations, was set up by Lord Laidlaw in 2003. The Scot, who has lent and donated around £6m to the Conservatives, was made a Tory peer in 2004 after agreeing to become a tax resident in the UK. It has now emerged that his lordship, who is worth £600m, is still living in Monaco.

Scottish National Party MSP Alex Neil said: "Given that a lot of charities are hard-pressed for money, it is galling that one run by a tax exile is getting so much public money."

- A wildlife charity has had to change its name after a licensing technicality meant it had been rescuing animals illegally. The Cotswold Swan and Wild Bird Rescue has changed its name to Cotswold Animal and Bird Rescue so it can aid animals as well as birds, according to the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard.

Manager Paul Richardson said: "We were not, according to the letter of the law, supposed to rescue animals such as deer, badgers and foxes - only swans and other wild birds. But we have changed the name now and we can rescue all animals legally."

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