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Paternity fight over girl

A 78-year-old man is fighting to be known as the legal father of a seven-year-old girl born to his 25-year-old former partner. The couple separated in January 1995 after living together for eight years, Lord Justice Hirst and Mr Justice Wall were told yesterday at the Court of Appeal.

Malcolm Chisholm, representing the man, said he was a "loving and caring" father who only wanted to exercise some control over the girl's education and health. The man is appealing against an order made by Judge Holland at Bromley County Court who refused him parental responsibility.