Taking the P to deter cold callers
A Leicester man has resorted to extreme measures to deter cold calling telephone salesmen - by adding an extra nine 'P's to his name.
Tim Pppppppppprice, 49, explained: "It's pronounced Tim Per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-per-rice
"I like it. I did it to put them off, all these people who keep calling me trying to sell me things I don't want.
"My theory is that when these salesmen see my name on their list of names to call, they'll think: 'Blow that - I can't even pronounce his name, so I won't call him'."
Mr Pppppppppprice, a former RAF man and dispatch rider, said he had no regrets. He now refers to himself as Tim '10p' Price.
It cost £30 to change his name via deed poll and a further £70 to change the name on his passport.
"I've just got my driving licence and passport back. I'm looking forward to the next time I go abroad - it should raise a few eyebrows going through customs," he said.
"It's taken a long time to sort everything out, but I don't regret it. I hope the name acts as fly repellant to those people - and it attracts funny people with a good sense of humour."