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Anne Darwin helping out in RSPCA shop five days a week
CANOE con wife Anne Darwin is volunteering in a charity shop in York after splitting from her husband, it has emerged.
Mrs Darwin, 61, who served half of a six-year sentence for her part in a £500,000 life insurance scam, is working at an RSPCA shop in York, believed to be near her new home.
She is understood to catch the bus from her one-bedroom flat to spend five days a week at the second-hand charity shop.
Her husband John, 62, faked his own death in a swindle in which he pretended to have drowned while kayaking off the coast of Seaton Carew near Hartlepool in 2002.
He hid in a room reached through a wardrobe from the family home in Seaton Carew, then the couple lived in Panama together from 2006 before Mr Darwin handed himself into police in 2007, claiming to have lost his memory. The couple have separated since their spell in prison ended.
Mrs Darwin has been living in York since her release from Askham Grange prison in 2011. It was recently reported that she had moved to a secret address and wanted nothing more to do with her husband and has re-established contact with her two sons Mark, 37, and Anthony, 34, who believed their father had died until he handed himself in.
The RSPCA is still asking for volunteers to work in its York shop, and asks for candidates to provide two passport photos and two character references. Its website says that no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided.
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