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Traffic wardens in Peterborough ruined a charity beauty contest by issuing participants and guests with parking tickets.

Peterborough's The Evening Telegraph reported that while the contestants were strutting their stuff, the boyfriend of the eventual winner, "blonde beauty" Lisa Marie Creamer, spotted the wardens slapping tickets on cars outside the venue. 

The boyfriend rushed back to warn the assembled crowd, pausing only to get a pay and display ticket for his car. Kev Lawrence, the DJ for local radio station Hereward FM who hosted the event, said: "It stopped the night, and everybody who had parked their cars jumped up and ran out.

"One poor old gentleman had a heart condition and his wife feared he was going to have a heart attack. I was gobsmacked. I tried to reason with the traffic wardens that it was a charity evening, but they said we should have paid the £1 tickets."

Madonna's wedding tiara failed to attract a buyer at a charity auction in Seattle in the US. According to The Times, the headpiece was being sold to raise money for Seattle's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

But at £170,000, buyers might have found the asking price a bit steep. Or as The Times speculated, perhaps they just thought it was "minging".

Fans of salacious gossip were disappointed by the cancellation of a fundraiser at which Mark Oaten, the Lib Dem MP, was expected to dish the dirt on the scandal that ended his bid to become leader of his party.

The Hampshire Chronicle reported that the event was designed to raise money for Naomi House Children's Hospice at Sutton Scotney and Winchester homelessness charity the Trinity Centre. The MP was due to talk about the highs and lows of his career, including the exposure of his visits to rent boys. He cancelled because of work commitments.

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