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Last year, Ed Sheeran took in an estimated £83 ($106) million – making him the world’s wealthiest solo artist.

So why then has he appeared on Judge Rinder to sue his brother-in-law for £720?

Well that’s because he hasn’t – but a guy who looks just like him has.

The doppelganger, Wesley Byrne, is actually an Asda shelf-stacker from Oldham, and he appeared on the show (accompanied by his mum) to sue his brother-in-law, who he claimed hadn’t repaid a loan from 2014.

Wes claimed he lent Adam (the brother-in-law) £720 to cover his deposit and first month’s rent ahead of a flat move. But Adam said he actually borrowed a grand and had paid back £280 in drips and drabs.

Wes (pictured) claims he is often set upon by star-struck admirers in the street. Credit: Mercury Press
Wes (pictured) claims he is often set upon by star-struck admirers in the street. Credit: Mercury Press

Meanwhile, Wes’ mum was generally just irate throughout, or ‘absolutely fuming’, as she put it.

Judge Rinder pressed Wes on the amount he loaned Adam, but he insisted it was only £720, claiming he remembered the figure because it was ‘just short of a full month’s wage’.

But the verdict was not perfect for Wes, as Judge Rinder reluctantly dismissed the case, but said he may have ruled in his favour had he agreed that he loaned Adam the full grand.

As it was, the two accounts of the loan did not corroborate each other and the pair had ‘absolutely nothing in writing’.

Evidently though, Wes’ Sheeran-like appearance was not lost on the judge, who concluded by saying: “You don’t need help, you just need to learn how to sing and play guitar.”

Speaking outside of the court room, Wes said: “If I ever have to lend someone money again I’m going to do it all legitimately and have it all in writing.”

Poor old Wes. Surely, the last thing anyone would wish to have in common with Ed Sheeran is their appearance, and the first thing anyone would wish to have in common is their bank balance. Alas, it’s all topsy-turvy for Wes.

But it’s not all bad for Wes, as he is now basking in the spotlight cast upon him by the eagle-eyed Judge Rinder viewers who noticed he looks exactly the same as Ed Sheeran.

Hopefully he’ll be happier soon.

Featured Image Credit: ITV/Judge Rinder