Friend stands by Darwin

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A CLOSE friend of back-from-the-dead canoeist John Darwin said he has done everything to help him in his first week of freedom.

Hartlepool man Paul Wager, understood to be one of Darwin’s longtime friends, said he and his family had done “as much as we can” to help him after he was released from prison a week ago.

Mr Wager told the Mail that he and his family are now trying to get on with their lives having been badgered by the nation’s media for the last week.

Darwin, who was jailed for six years and three months for faking his own death and claiming insurance money, hit the headlines last week when he was pictured apparently on day release at Seaton Carew.

Last Monday he was released from Moorland open prison in Doncaster on licence after serving half of his sentence.

It has been reported that Darwin is staying in Easington, but Mr Wager said he was unable to comment on his whereabouts or his current condition.

Darwin was jailed in 2008 after walking into a London police station saying he believed he was a missing man.