The case of the kamikaze pigeon

With a few pages to fill in a hurry, Insurance Times asked me to call some claims experts and ask them the maddest claims they’d ever heard – and whether or not they turned out to be true. The most ludicrous was probably the one about the man who claimed that, on Christmas Eve, he was doing some painting at the premises of his printing firm – the next thing he knew, he woke up and his trousers were on fire (paid!). The saddest was the story of the old lady who was convinced that her neighbour was climbing into her attic and wearing out the print in her books by reading them. But I’m particularly curious to find out which Northwest London-based rock star paid £25,000 for a worthless bit of carpet…