Neil Diamond conman court disappearance

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A consummate conman disappeared from court after he was handed a copy of a probation report on himself.

To the horror of Peter Swann, the report recommended imprisonment.

The 59-year-old, of Hornby Road, Blackpool, then disappeared from Blackpool magistrates court.

His latest ruse was to pretend he was a bodyguard for singer Neil Diamond.

Diamond was doing a concert in the resort and Swann placed an order for flowers he said were for Neil’s wife but did not pay for them.

He then went round taking money for cut-price concert tickets he would get because he was part of the official entourage.

Money was given to him but the promise to send the £20 and £10 bargains by post never happened.

Then Swann took money after promising a restaurant he would bring in the entire security team for meals.

His lawyer, Steven Duffy, told Blackpool Magistrates: “My client was here this morning and the cynic in me suggests the contents of the report he was given which suggested custody may have something to do with his non-appearance this afternoon.”

In the past, Swann has opened charity shops to raise money for abused womens causes which never existed.

He also posed as a resident of New York and as a director of Ticketmaster.

He has claimed to be an ex professional footballer and has over eighty convictions for fraud.

He previously admitted two fraud charges involving the Neil Diamond concert.

The case was adjourned to Monday.