24 Thursday, 8 October 2009 London Lite Menace of Mayfair jeweller facing jail for 230,000 con WestEnd debutfor LilyCole Bikeschemeis threattodogs Jokebox......... Fast talkAn instant interview with... lee mack The Blackburn-born comedian, 41, lives in hampton Court. he is appearing on Would I Lie To You? Mondays on BBC1 and is prepping a stand-up tour for later in the year. See leemacklive.com Lager or real ale? Most people would say real ale because it sounds better when, actually, they drink lager. Its like Tiswas and Swap Shop -- we all said Tiswas because it was more anarchic but the viewing figures proved everyone watched Swap Shop. Scripted or ad-libbed? Ad-libbed is probably more exciting because its new every night, but writing a good joke is really rewarding. Truth or lies? Its more fun to lie but, in case my kids are reading, its better to tell the truth. Laurel or Hardy? Hardy is fantastic, but I think Stan Laurel and Eric Morecambe are two of the finest British comedians of all time. Also I cant do an impression of Oliver Hardy. Jo Brand or Russell Brand? Jo Brand because Ive never slept with Russell (right) ... Actually, I have. Corrie or EastEnders? I grew up watching Corrie and its my secret ambition to get a walk-on part some day. Speedos or shorts? Neither. I prefer a nice bikini. Six-pack or beer belly? Ive picked up so many six-packs from the off- licence, thats why Ive got a beer belly. SiMon Button A GROUP of dog-walkers has opposed Boris Johnsons plan to have bikes for hire across London. The Mayor has applied for planning permission for two docking stations housing 40 bikes in Kensington Gardens. But opponents, backed by actresses Jenny Seagrove and Felicity Kendal, claim dogs could be killed by cyclists riding at dangerous speeds, and that four dogs died in this way last year. Transport for London said: The Mayor has asked the cycle hire team to get in touch with them and assure them their safety is taken seriously. MODEL Lily Cole is to make her stage debut, hot on the heels of her movie role in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus with the late Heath Ledger. The 21-year-old joins an all-star line-up for the annual 24-Hour Plays Celebrity Gala at the Old Vic next month. Graham Norton will compere the event on 1 November in which actors, writers and directors join forces to create, rehearse and perform six plays in a day. website, an upmarket address for the busi- ness -- The Watch And Jewellery Exchange Of Mayfair -- and radio adverts. Batchelor offered top prices for jewel- lery, but victims never received payment. Some wanted cash to pay for a wedding, one to fund a charity mission to Africa. The 51-year-old, from Chelsea, was originally nicknamed the Glasgow Goldfinger after a crime spree in the Nineties for which he was jailed for seven years. He began operating in London in 2003, first from offices in the West End and then Mayfair hotels or wine bars. He was caught after he gave trainee solicitor Dipak Godhania a cheque for 1,700 for a scratched Rolex. When the cheque bounced Mr Godhania found details of Batchelors criminal past online and called police. Batchelor admitted six charges of deception, 22 of false representation involving property worth nearly 100,000, and one of fraudulent trading. Sixteen other charges were dropped or left on file. He was remanded until 16 October. Charming: Andrew Batchelor duped hundreds by kevin widdopA FRAUDSTER who posed as a jeweller to dupe victims out of hundreds of thousands of pounds faces jail after admitting his guilt on the third day of his trial. Andrew Batchelor, branded the Menace of Mayfair, conned hundreds of people out of watches, necklaces and earrings. Some items were sold, the rest were pawned, Isleworth Crown Court heard. One victim is understood to have lost property worth 47,000. Police believe the charming thief pocketed at least 230,000, most of which he spent on a flamboyant lifestyle includ- ing eyelash tinting at Harrods and luxury holidays. Victims, including company directors, hedge fund managers and nurses, were ensnared by an impressive index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html