‘Freddie Starr’ stole £50 guitar from St Helens homeless centre

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A man who shares the same name as a fallen comedy star has appeared in court charged with stealing a guitar from a centre in St Helens which provides services for homeless people.

Carl Frederick Starr, Carnegie Crescent, St Helens, was jailed for four months when he appeared at St Helens Magistrates Court.

Freddie Starr. The comedian's namesake has been jailed for stealing a guitar from a homeless centre in St Helens

Freddie Starr. The comedian's namesake has been jailed for stealing a guitar from a homeless centre in St Helens

He was charged with stealing a Benson guitar worth £49 from the Hope Centre on two occasions

JPs heard the 49-year-old had committed the offences while serving a suspended sentence and jailed him for 16 weeks.

He was also ordered to pay £49 compensation and £80 victim surcharge.

The ‘other’ Freddie Starr, whose real name is Frederick Leslie Fowell, recently lost a libel case he launched against a woman who claimed he groped her after one of his shows in the 1970s.

He also has a chequered history from his time performing in St Helens.

Starr left hundreds of theatre goers in the lurch after claiming his dressing room at the St Helens Theatre Royal wasn’t up to scratch.

Staff at St Helens Theatre Royal were stunned when the then 68-year-old funnyman walked out just hours before the local date of his comeback tour show in 2009.

Starr’s management company later claimed that he failed to perform because his dressing room wasn’t up to scratch for “someone like him”.

Theatre manager Chantelle Nolan explained that the carpet in one of the Corporation Street venue’s eight dressing rooms was temporarily missing because of a recent flood.

But she said the comedian didn’t even give staff the chance to show him an alternative before storming out.

Read the full story of Starr’s Theatre Royal bust-up here