Seaton Carew canoe conman John Darwin faces new inquiry

NEW CLAIMS: John Darwin is said to have travelled abroad
NEW CLAIMS: John Darwin is said to have travelled abroad
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CANOE conman John Darwin could be sent back to prison after being apparently pictured on an unauthorised trip out of the UK.

Reports in the national media claim Darwin jetted to the Ukraine to meet up with a 25-year-old blonde he had met through an internet dating website.

Darwin famously faked his own death in a canoe accident in 2002 in an attempt to fleece £500,000 worth of insurance money.

The 63-year-old, who was jointly charged with fraud offences with his wife Anne, served half of his six years and three months sentence before being released on parole.

Under the terms of his release, the former teacher was prevented from travelling abroad unless special permission was granted by the Probation Service.

Those terms remain in force until October next year.

But according to the report, the cash-strapped dad-of-two, who is now estranged from Anne, wooed his date in a restaurant on Saturday before handing over a red rose and leaving in a taxi with the blonde and another woman who is thought to be an interpreter.

A spokesman for the Probation Service told the Mail: “Any offender subject to licence supervision is required to gain permission from probation to travel outside of the UK. Permission is only granted in exceptional circumstances.

“Any offender who travels without this permission will be subject to recall to custody.

“In these circumstances the Probation Service works closely with the police to implement the recall.”