Planet Charity: Australians touching up Prince Charles?

Plus: Police officer in court over 'charity donations' instead of speeding fines; Peta faces lawsuit after 'stray' dog put down

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In Australia, a charity chief executive has been forced to defend herself against the surprising accusation that she touched the Prince of Wales's bottom. The claims were made after Janine Kirk, head of the Prince's Charities Australia, was pictured at a reception in Sydney with her hand close to the royal rear end. She denied she had touched the heir to the throne and said it was just the angle at which the picture had been taken. "As if I would touch his bottom," she said. "It's just ridiculous." She's definitely had a bum rap.

In Ireland, a policeman was charged with corruption after he allegedly suggested to people he had stopped for speeding that they could avoid a fine by making a donation to charity. Mark Egan was accused of inducing four motorists to disclose their credit card details to facilitate the payment of charitable donations in place of penalty points or a fine. The donations were to support the suicide-prevention charity 3Ts, for which he was running the Dublin City Marathon. Egan denied the charges, and the jury was still considering its verdict as Third Sector went to press.

In the US, the animal charity Peta is facing a £6m lawsuit after it put down a family's dog that it mistook for a stray. The Zarate family has filed court papers claiming that two of the charity's employees stole Maya the Chihuahua during a roundup of unwanted dogs in Virginia, and that when they went to the charity's shelter the following day looking for the pooch, they were told she had already been put down. A statement from the charity said the person responsible for the mistake was immediately suspended and "subsequently terminated".

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