Man alleged to have posed as comic Peter Kay’s brother in comedy night swindle

Peter Stead, right, is alleged to have claimed he was a man called Danny Kay - the brother of well-known Bolton comic Peter Kay
Peter Stead, right, is alleged to have claimed he was a man called Danny Kay - the brother of well-known Bolton comic Peter Kay
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A man who allegedly posed as the brother of comedian Peter Kay to con pub landlords has been charged with fraud, police said.

Peter Stead, 50, claimed he was a man called Danny Kay and the brother of the well-known Bolton comic when he offered to put on comedy nights, it is alleged.

Derbyshire Police said he has been charged with five offences of fraud - one in Northamptonshire, one in Nottinghamshire and three in Derby.

Police launched an investigation in 2009 after several landlords in Derby reported that a man had tricked them out of money by pretending to be Danny Kay.

A force spokesman said the man offered to put on comedy nights to raise money for the Lewis Mighty Fund, a charity raising money for a young boy in Nottingham, who died from neuroblastoma last year.

The man was given cash by the landlords to secure the booking but failed to deliver, it is alleged.

The force spokesman said Stead, from Mackworth, Derbyshire, appeared before magistrates last week and was remanded in custody to appear at Derby Crown Court on May 31.