Wayne Fontana and a Mindbending Clash with the Taxman

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SIXTIES pop star Wayne Fontana is facing police action after publishing the personal details of Treasury officials on the internet.

Fontana - real name Glyn Ellis - has made repeated attacks on HM Revenue & Customs in the two years he has been involved in a dispute with the tax authorities.

But the clash escalated last week when Fontana, 61 - leader of the once hugely popular Mindbenders - published on the net the home addresses of a VAT inspector and an insolvency practitioner.

In the blog, Fontana, whose hits included Um Um Um Um Um Um, Game Of Love and Pamela Pamela, lists grievances against various authorities that have chased him for money.

He claims to be a victim of a Customs 'inhouse VAT fiddle' and calls insolvency practitioners ' government-appointed thieves'. The singer writes that this 'harassment and accompanying stress' has led to him being charged for allegedly setting fire to a bailiff's car.

Above the officers' addresses, Fontana wrote in capital letters: 'These are the partners in crime. …