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A Fathers 4 Justice sympathiser is thought to be responsible for defacing Dorset's Cerne Abbas Giant by painting its penis purple.

The Dorset Daily Echo reported that a mystery vandal targeted the historic chalk carving of a naked man carrying a club. The National Trust-owned landmark is 180ft high and the penis alone measures 40ft, requiring a considerable amount of purple paint.

The culprit, who described himself as the west country's "Purple Phantom" also scrawled the words: "Read Family Court Hell" beside the giant, a reference to a recently published book by Mark Harris, a F4J campaigner.

Ipswich's Evening Star newspaper reported that a couple had been banned from putting up banners on their garden fence promoting charity events because they distract drivers. Les Docking had been putting posters on his fence at his home in Felixstowe for the past 18 years, but the council decided to put a stop to it after a complaint. District councillor Mike Deacon said this was "ludicrous".

Singer Daniel Bedingfield has also had a bad week. The Sunday Mirror reported that the star, involved in two car crashes in two years, had now fallen victim to theft. His BMW was stolen along with a laptop harbouring the new songs for a fundraising album for his mother's international charity for children, Global Angels.

A charity shop in Swaffham, Norfolk, was transformed into a sex shop for the filming of new TV series Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry. The facade of the shop, which raises money for Break, which provides services for people with learning disabilities, was transformed for two days. Shop manager Anne Doddington told the Eastern Daily Press: "We hoped the crew might leave us something as a memento, but I don't think we will branch out into selling anything this saucy."


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