The former boss of collapsed department store BHS has been accused of failing to hand over inside information. Billionaire retail supremo Sir Philip Green sold the chain to ex-bankrupt racing driver Dominic Chappell for just £1 in March 2015, when its pensions deficit stood at £500million, a judge was told. The Pensions Regulator was so concerned by the shortfall that it set up an investigation, code named ‘Project Danny’, to try to unpick the sale. By April 2016, BHS had collapsed, with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a final deficit of £571million. But requests for information from Chappell, 51, and his lawyers went unanswered, Brighton magistrates’ court was told. Alex Stein, prosecuting, told Brighton magistrates’ court: “On March 11, 2015, British Home Stores - the well known retail chain - was sold to Retail Acquisitions Limited. “At the time BHS had some 11,000 employees and the Pensions Regulator had concerns over the two pension … [Read more...] about Ex-BHS boss Dominic Chappell accused of failing to hand over inside information
PUBLISHED: 09:46 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:46 08 January 2018 Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell arrives at Brighton Magistrates' Court where the Pensions Regulator is prosecuting him for failing to comply with three notices issued under Section 72 of the Pensions Act 2004. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire The former owner of BHS will stand trial after denying failing to hand over information to an investigation into the sale of the collapsed retailer. Dominic Chappell is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday accused by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) of not complying with its requests on three occasions – twice in 2016 and once again last year. Former bankrupt Chappell was the boss of Retail Acquisitions, the company that acquired BHS for £1 from billionaire Sir Philip Green in 2015. The 51-year-old pleaded not guilty to three charges of neglecting or refusing to provide information and documents, without a reasonable excuse, contrary to the … [Read more...] about Former BHS owner set to stand trial after regulator accuses him of failing to hand over information
PUBLISHED: 08:15 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 08:56 08 January 2018 Katy Sandalls The UFO trail in Rendlesham Forest. Picture: TOM POTTER Archant Information about Suffolk’s best known UFO encounter might be contained in a dossier held by the US government, according to a former MoD staff member. Colonel Charles I. Halt when he returned to Rendlesham Forest last year. Picture: TOM POTTER The incident at Rendlesham back in December 1980 has received a lot of attention from national and global media over the years and has often been called Britain’s Roswell. American officers stationed at the former RAF Woodbridge site reported seeing strange lights and an alien craft on two occasions in the forest area surrounding the base. Sceptics have since rubbished the claims of extraterrestrial activity by claiming that the beams were nothing more than lights on a police car or nearby Orfordness Lighthouse. Recently new information has come to light in the United States … [Read more...] about Could US government hold key information on Rendlesham UFO sightings?
A FORMER INLA gunman who spent 15 years under the radar working as a barber in Dublin was asked to assassinate a notorious IRA informer whose life became a Hollywood movie, the Irish Sun can reveal.Frankie ‘Studs’ Lanigan, 52, has told how he was approached by the Provos to murder Martin McGartland, the Belfast-born MI5 mole, while hiding out in the capital.The Northern Ireland authorities want to extradite Lanigan in connection with the murder of drug baron John Knocker outside a Tyrone nightclub in 1998.Lanigan fled south following Knocker’s murder after threats on his own life.He set himself up as a self- employed barber in a well-known Dublin gym and changed his name to Ciaran McCrory.He said: “A couple of years after I moved down south, the IRA approached me and asked me to murder a well-known officer of the British Government but I was done with all that and obviously said no.“Martin McGartland was on the run in the UK at the time and they wanted me … [Read more...] about Ex-INLA gunman Frankie ‘Studs’ Lanigan, who spent 15 years under the radar working as a barber in Dublin, reveals how he refused to assassinate a notorious IRA informer
After 30 years, authorities have repeated their appeal for information in the search for the killer or killers of two sex workers who were brutally murdered in the Greater Manchester area. Despite decades of work, police have been unable to find who killed Linda Donaldson and Maria Christina Requena. Donaldson, a 31-year-old prostitute, was discovered naked and mutilated on 18 October 1988 behind a hedge in a farmer's field at Winnick Lane, Lowton, near Leigh. The victim had been repeatedly stabbed. Det Chief Supt Ken Clarke said she died from two stab wounds in the back but also suffered eight other stabs after dying. Her breast were missing and her killer had attempted to decapitate her. "We are looking for a maniac - a sadistic killer who could strike again," Clarke told reporters at the time. "The type of man who could do this to another human being defies description. The mutilation was probably done in a bid to conceal identity." Two years later, authorities feared Donaldson's … [Read more...] about Cold case appeal for information on ‘East Lancs Ripper’ who ‘mutilated and killed two prostitutes’