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Britain's Got Talent dance man loses benefits

posted on Jun 18, 2009

A Leicestershire man of 73-year-old who thrilled the audience of Britain's Got Talent by breakdancing has had his benefit stopped.

Fred Bowers said the allowance he received for a leg injury has been suspended while the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) investigates. Mr Bowers, from Loughborough, said: "I'm going to struggle on. They're not going to stop me from dancing."

A DWP spokesman said: "We do investigate and take seriously all accusations of fraudulent claims."

Mr Bowers, who injured his leg during a wartime accident, said he was unable to walk more than a few hundred yards but this does not affect his ability to dance.

He said he is hopeful the DWP will eventually reinstate his benefits, believed to be about £70 a week, and allow him to make a career out of dancing.

He added: "I've still got an actual disability and I can't walk very far but I can still dance. I use my head and back more while I'm dancing.

"I'm a comedian while I am up on stage, it makes people laugh. I just want to make people happy."

Mr Bowers, who made the semi-final of the TV talent show, said he was disappointed not to be picked for the ongoing Britain's Got Talent theatre tour