Cyber squatter foiling Winehouse charity plan

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Cyber squatter foiling Winehouse charity plan

LONDON - Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch said his plans to set up a charity in his late daughter’s name had been frustrated by a cyber squatter who stole the organization’s intended address on the Internet.

Mitch, a former taxi driver who launched his own musical career on the back of Amy Winehouse’s success, plans to set up a foundation to help young people suffering from substance abuse and has already received donations from the public.

Winehouse, 27, a chart-topping singer whose album “Back to Black” helped her win five Grammys, was found dead in her London home on July 23. She had a long history of drug and alcohol abuse.

“Instead of concentrating on allocating funding, I am having to send cheques back cos [because] we don’t haven’t got bank ac [account] in that name,” Mitch Winehouse wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

Since his daughter’s death, Mitch Winehouse has urged politicians to do more to help young people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

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