Darwin’s two boys ‘forgive her’

CANOE fraudster Anne Darwin is reported to have made up with her sons after leaving prison.

In the national media today, Anne, 59, is quoted as saying she hopes to rebuild ties with Mark, 35, and Anthony, 32, but has no intention of going back to Panama, where she had tried to start a new life with John, 60.

She is reported as saying: “I won’t go back there. How can I? I couldn’t even afford the plane ticket. I have nothing left.

“It has been agony but I’ve got my boys back and that’s the most important thing to me.”

The Darwins received £679,194 from pensions and life insurance payouts after John faked his death in a canoe accident not far from their home in Seaton Carew, in 2002.

They moved to Panama but John returned to the UK and walked into a London Police Station, in 2007, saying he had amnesia and could not remember anything since his disappearance in the North Sea.

But only days later, a photo emerged of the couple in a flat in Panama.

Both were convicted of fraud. John was jailed for six years and three months and Anne for six years and six months.

Both were recently released from their jail terms on licence after serving half their sentences.

While John is living in Easington Colliery, Anne is reported to be living in a bail hostel in Leeds.