Park Home Owners Justice Campaign
Brian Doick, NAPHR President, attended the
presentation of the Justice Campaign petition regarding the 10% Commission into Downing Street
on Wednesday 2nd July 2014.
Annette Brooke M.P. for Mid Dorset & North
Poole accompanied the group headed by a recent recipient of the OBE Sonia McColl.
The rally afterwards was well attended by groups
from around the Country.
Lakeminster Park: Retirement homes built without permission face demolition
A man has been charged with 10 fraud offences following a police investigation into the sale of retirement homes at Lakeminster Park, near Beverley.
William Flannigan, 51, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been charged with ten counts of fraud by misrepresentation and is due to appear at Beverley Magistrates' Court on July 9.
Four other people who helped Humberside Police with their enquiries have now been released unconditionally, with no further action being taken against them at this time.
Humberside Police said it follows a long, complex and serious investigation, launched in August 2012, into allegations of fraud and money laundering relating to the sale of retirement homes at Lakeminster Park, Woodmansey
(Taken from the Hull Daily Mail website)
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Cat of the Year Awards
Mr Chips, who's owner is our treasurer and web designer, Anna-Marie, has made it through to the final of the Cat of the Year awards. If you are on FaceBook please click on the link below and vote for Mr Chips to be Cat of the Year in the Better Together category. If he wins his category, he will be in with a chance of being the overall winner of the Cat of the Year. (I know this isn't strictly park home related news, but it's a nice, Good News Story (especially if he wins!!)) Thank you in advance for voting!! Anna-Marie.
Quarry Mobile Home Park
As reported by a Hinkley & Bosworthy Borough Council press release, Mr Nevada Smith, Site Owner of Quarry Mobile Home Park, Markfield, Leicestershire, after pleading guilty, has been fined £3,000 with £177 costs for failing to carry out necessary improvements to the site.
In 2003 he was prosecuted for failure to comply with Site License Conditions.
Similarly this time, because works were not forthcoming, (drainage work was carried out by the Council) who were considering compulsory purchase of the site, an option still under consideration. Failure to provide fire-warning facilities was also an issue.
Should all Councils be considering this sort of behaviour when issuing Lisenses under the new Licensing System?
We consider there should be a Central Database set up to which bad behaviour by site operators or their staff can be reported and accessed by all parties issuing Site Licenses.
It was a disappointing Adjournment Debate in Parliament on May 13th when Annette Brooke MP failed to get a debate regarding the 10% Commission payable by Mobile Home Owners when they sell their homes. You can read more about it on the Park Home Owners Justice Campaign website.
Teenager in Court
A teenager became violent when police arrested him after reports that he was armed with a knife in a late-night disturbance.
George Loveridge tried to spit at and bite officers after being arrested in Stratford Road, Evesham, and struggled with paramedics and tried to bite a hospital nurse when she was treating a cut in his hand, Worcester Crown Court was told.
In the end, he was pinned to a bed while treatment was carried out to his injury, said Paul Whitfield, prosecuting. He had received the cut when he smashed an outside light after a row at his mother's home.
Loveridge, aged 18, of Chatcombe Drive, Warndon, Worcester, pleaded guilty to threatening unlawful violence, having a knife in a public place, criminal damage and directing racially aggravated racial abuse at an officer.
He was said to have destroyed a light fitting and a garden gate belonging to Rooftop Housing during a disturbance on May 1 and also a garden ornament belonging to a resident in Station Road.
Mr Whitfield said Loveridge was screaming and threatening to cut a black police sergeant's throat. He said he wanted to harm himself and denied he was racist because he was a gypsy.
Adam Western, mitigating said Loveridge was already observing a 7pm to 7am curfew, imposed under a community order made in July.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC adjourned sentence until March 7 and said the curfew should stay. He asked for probation to arrange a mental health treatment order.
Copied from Evesham Journal Newspaper
WARNING! Beware of the 'Cowboy' Cold Caller...
CONMEN who tricked almost 50 people out of more than £100,000 have been jailed.
A company has also been fined £4,000 for the fraud, which targeted mobile home owners across the country, including two in Thanet.
Trading Standards officers began to investigate Sure Seal Home Improvements Company Limited (Sure-Seal) and William King, 35, who traded as Kings Park Home Improvements in October 2011.
King and his Sure-Seal employees travelled the length of the country cold calling on mobile home owners and offering to carry out repair work. The tradesmen would overcharge for shoddy work, start work without permission, charge for uncompleted work, enter people's homes without permission, state that repairs were needed on park homes when no work was necessary, and drive victims to the bank to withdraw large amounts of cash. They also issued non-compliant paperwork and used intimidation to make vulnerable people pay up.
In one park alone, at Allhallows, victims paid Kings Park Home Improvements £9,200 and experts valued the work at zero.
The conmen insisted the victims pay them with cash in advance, and have in some cases escorted their victims to the bank to withdraw the money.
After being paid, they either failed to complete the work - which was not needed in the first place - or didn't start it. In some cases they caused damaged which was not repaired.
The case involved eight KCC Trading Standards Officers who spent a total of 564 hours on the investigation. In Kent there were 11 victims.
In April last year, King and Sure-Seal admitted a case of aggressive practices under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations and King, trading as Kings Park Home Improvements, admitted one similar charge, two cases of misleading actions under the same regulations and three cases of fraud by false interpretation.
His sentence was delayed until last month (January 2014) as North Yorkshire were carrying out a separate criminal investigation and all parties wanted the sentencing to be carried out at one hearing.
King, from Newark, was sentenced to six years in total - three years for the Kent offences and three more for those in North Yorkshire.
Gavin Findley, 30, also from Newark, was sentenced to three years' imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to charges of fraud by false representation and conspiracy to defraud. Sure-Seal was fined £4,000.
Todd Berridge, 20, of Holbeach, Lincolnshire was given 12 months' detention, suspended for 24 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work. He had previously pleaded guilty to charges of aiding and abetting King and Findley.
Trading Standards Manager Mark Rolfe said: "These men targeted vulnerable, elderly people and took advantage of their trusting nature. They acted with impunity across the country often targeting several in one neighbourhood.
"Our advice to anyone who is approached by cold callers is simply not to buy anything from them. They may appear charming and will try to talk you into agreeing to the work, but please do not be taken in by them.
If you need some work doing, always use recommended tradesmen. Speak to trusted friends, neighbours or family and ask them to help you select a company."
KCC Trading Standards advice is to be wary when dealing with traders at the door if you need work doing, you can find reputable traders on the Buy with Confidence scheme run by KCC.
Copied from the Gloucester Citizen Newspaper.
They come in unmarked vans nowadays, they no longer tether the horse on your lawn! - Jim
Park Homes Government Forms
The new 2013 Mobile Homes Act has come into effect and for some of the forms introduced by the act can be found on the following website:
Contacting Jim (Membership Secretary)
Because of hearing difficulties on the phone, Jim has retired from the Telephone Advisory Group and will, in future, be Membership Secretary only with no phone number but can be reached by letter or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, Jim underwent an operation at the end of May, for Bowel Cancer (again). We are happy to say that the op was successful and Jim is back to his normal self (nearly).
For advice you can contact the following:
Compensation for Mobile Home Owners
The company that owns an Isle of Wight mobile home site has been ordered to pay more than £300,000 after offences committed against residents.
Leisure Parks Real Estate, which owns Medina Park in Whippingham, has been ordered to pay the cash after pleading guilty to 11 charges, including intimidation of residents and blocking of mobile home sales. Eight victims have each been awarded £5,000 compensation, totalling £40,000.
Company directors Maurice Sines and James Crickmore pleaded guilty to individual offences against residents last May.
Their company, Leisure Parks Real Estate Ltd, also pleaded guilty to string of charges, and was fined at a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).
Laura Gaudion, senior lawyer for the Isle of Wight Council, which brought the prosecution, said: "We have had a number of complaints about the conduct of the company and we investigated, finding out they were putting pressure on homeowners to sell their homes back to them.
"They also contacted potential buyers of the mobile homes and said they were pieces of junk, that the bases were cracked and they weren't worth the money being paid."
The charges dated back to 2008 and included telling potential owners they would have to pay a site rent of £140 per month, that a home was 'worthless' and would have to be moved, which would cause it to fall to pieces, and threatening residents with the intent to cause them to leave their home.
The Middlesex-based company was ordered to pay £33,000 - £3,000 per offence - and the court issued a confiscation order for £275,000, from which the compensation will be paid.
A confiscation order is designed to strip defendants of any money made from criminal activity.
The company, which runs several home sites around the country, has six months to pay.
(By a County Press Reporter, 7/2/13)