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NI newspaper review: Scammers try to cash in on biker's death

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Image caption Darren Keys, from Ballyclare, was killed in County Westmeath at the weekend

The killing of an elderly couple and scammers' attempts to to cash in on the death of a biker and are among the stories in Wednesday's newspapers.

The News Letter reports that fraudsters set up a fake Donor Box web page after the death of motorcyclist Darren Keys from Ballyclare, County Antrim.

He died after a crash at the Walderstown Road Races in the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

The paper says the fake page received some donations before being shut down.

Ballyclare road racer Glenn Irwin tells the paper: "Nowadays people will do anything for a quid.

"It's not your usual scam - whoever set it up has to be aware of what's happening in the news."

Police have started an investigation.

Couple killing 'could have been avoided'

The Irish News reports that a second high-level health service report into the deaths of Michael and Marjorie Cawdery has found that their killings were avoidable.

The couple, both 83, were attacked by Thomas Scott McEntee in Portadown, County Armagh, in 2017.

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Image caption McEntee was sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing Michael and Marjorie Cawdery

McEntee, a paranoid schizophrenic, pleaded guilty to their manslaughter last year and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

An initial report found the health service blameless over the killings.

But the new one says that the deaths "could not have been predicted but could have been avoided".

The couple's daughter Wendy tells the Irish News her "blood ran cold" when she read it.

"It's been horrible, the whole process," she says.

"A lot of our attention has been given over to this - we haven't dealt with the bereavement yet, it's still to come."

Open's economic benefit 'set to smash record'

It's difficult to keep The Open at Royal Portrush out of the headlines this week and the Belfast Telegraph's lead story says the economic windfall for Northern Ireland may have been underestimated.

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Image caption The Open at Royal Portrush could bring in an even bigger economic windfall than predicted

It says that while officials have estimated the event will bring in £80m, it may be worth more than £120m in the longer term.

Lat year's Open at Carnoustie in Scotland delivered economic benefits of £69m.

However, experts later said the value of the tournament being broadcast to more than 600 million households around the world was worth another £51m in marketing Scotland as a destination.

The Belfast Telegraph says this year's event is set to smash the crowd record set last year at Carnoustie.

Pints, not putts, at Royal Portrush

Staying with The Open, the Daily Mirror says some of the world's top golfers have been swapping putts for pints during their time on the north coast.

Among those pictured are Americans Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker, Australian Adam Scott, and England's Justin Rose, who was snapped sitting with Darren Clarke.

"Level Bar" is the paper's witty headline.

Both the Irish News and the Belfast Telegraph report on a sectarian attack on a man in Kilkeel, County Down.

Paschal Morgan, 48, a Catholic father-of-two, was beaten up on Sunday night.

The Irish News includes shocking pictures of Mr Morgan, showing the scale of the injuries he suffered during the assault, alongside a picture of him beforehand.

Victim definition 'morally repugnant'

The News Letter says the family of a County Fermanagh man injured in an IRA bomb attack have made an emotional appeal that the perpetrators must never be treated as victims.

Image caption Grant Weir was injured and Sylvia Crowe was killed in the bomb attack near Rosslea

Former Ulster Defence Regiment (UDR) soldier Grant Weir suffered a catastrophic brain injury when his patrol passed a bomb in a pig trailer on the main Rosslea to Lisnaskea road in 1979.

Sylvia Crowe, who was waiting for a bus, was murdered in the attack.

Mr Weir's family tell the paper of their concerns that the existing "morally repugnant" definition of a victim will become enshrined in law.

Having a whale of a time

Both the Irish News and Daily Mirror feature stunning pictures of a father and son's close encounter with a pod of gigantic humpback whales off the coast of County Kerry.

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Image caption Terry and Tomas Deane had a close encounter with a pod of humpback whales like this one

Terry and Tomas Deane were about 15 miles north west of Brandon when they encountered the magnificent creatures.

The Mirror says that in one incredible clip, 14-year-old Tomas is leaning over the boat when one of the whales emerges from the sea towering over the boat.

Nice little urn-er for pottery firm

The Belfast Telegraph says Belleek Pottery has found a new niche in the US market - funeral urns.

A New York firm has already sold 200 of the custom-made items made by Belleek, according to the paper.

The firm's head of design Fergus Cleary says the urns will appeal to Irish-American customers.

"It's not an area we had though about as a potential market before," he says.