£2.5m Lotto jack­pot at risk in fraud claim

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAN WAR­BUR­TON

But her cam­paign im­ploded af­ter the mum of three com­mented about Mrs May be­ing child­less.

The new PM made Mrs Leadsom En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary but de­moted her to Leader of the House in June.

Be­fore Mrs May’s con­fer­ence melt­down, Mrs Leadsom told web­site Busi­ness In­sider UK she did not rule out another tilt at No 10. She said: “Any­thing can hap­pen. But I’m to­tally be­hind Theresa May for as long as she in­tends to re­main PM.”

Mrs May yes­ter­day tried to re­assert her au­thor­ity by strip­ping MEPs Julie Gir­ling and Richard Ash­worth of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment Tory whip. Both had backed a Stras­bourg res­o­lu­tion to block Brexit talks.

Mean­while, rebel leader Grant

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LOTTO rapist Ed­ward Put­man could be forced to pay back his £2.5mil­lion jack­pot.

The con­victed sex at­tacker, 51, is fac­ing pos­si­ble court ac­tion over claims he used a fake ticket for his 2009 wind­fall.

De­spite be­ing met with a wall of si­lence, de­tec­tives have tire­lessly in­ves­ti­gated al­le­ga­tions that he used Camelot fraud unit worker Giles Knibbs, 38 – who later took his own life amid claims he was black­mail­ing Put­man for £900,000 – as an in­side man.

It is un­der­stood that of­fi­cers have been li­ais­ing with the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice as they ob­tain state­ments from key wit­nesses. It has also emerged that a Camelot whis­tle-blower has bro­ken cover to pro­vide vi­tal clues into the al­leged fraud.

Po­lice are ex­pected to hand over a file of ev­i­dence “im­mi­nently” to prose­cu­tors. Put­man, of Kings Lan­g­ley, Herts was jailed in 1991 for the rape of a 17-yearold. He is said to have thought the fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been dropped and was “shocked” to dis­cover it was on­go­ing.

If crim­i­nal charges are ac­ti­vated and Put­man is con­victed, he could be made to pay back his lot­tery win un­der the Pro­ceeds of Crime Act. A source close to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion said: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone. Peo­ple in­volved have been told some­one who works at the Lot­tery had fi­nally come for­ward. They’re the first per­son will­ing to give ev­i­dence the ticket may be fake.”

Put­man de­clined to com­ment on claims po­lice were due to hand over a file to the CPS.

A Hert­ford­shire Con­stab­u­lary spokesman said: “The case is cur­rently be­ing re­viewed.”

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