Removal company scammers

Two men running an Islington removal company – who scammed customers out of thousands of pounds – have been sentenced to prison.

By Noah Vickers, Local Democracy Reporter

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Two men running an Islington removal company – who scammed customers out of thousands of pounds – have been sentenced to prison.

The pair, trading under the name My Move, refused to unload customers’ belongings from their van unless they paid far more than the quoted cost.

Alexander Robert Linley-Sharman and Jacob David Littlestone both received sentences of two years, after pleading guilty to eight counts of unfair commercial trading practices.

Mr Linley-Sharman received an extra year in prison for perverting the course of justice, after he failed to appear for trial in person – claiming he had Covid-19 and submitting a fake NHS self-isolation letter.

One of the men’s victims was initially quoted £200 and then had to pay £2,000. Another paid £6,000 after being quoted around £300.

If the customers objected to paying more than had been agreed, they were told their belongings would be put into storage and that they would be charged an additional £500 per night until payment was received.

Some customers were also forced to pay for fake parking tickets and ‘bus lane contraventions’. Only one parking ticket was real. The defendants charged the customer £120, despite only paying £60 for the fine, as it was within 14 days.

The pair also admitted to falsely claiming their company had been endorsed by Costco and British Heart Foundation, in an apparent attempt to boost customer confidence in their business.

They were caught after 19 complaints were made to the trading standards team at Islington Council, and they were sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court, on Tuesday, September 26.

John Woolf, the Labour-run council’s executive member for community safety, said: “Our community must be able to trust Islington’s brilliant small businesses which keep our local economy thriving.

“Any business owners who undermine that public trust by acting dishonestly or criminally should be warned that we will take robust action.

“Thanks to the tenacity of our trading standards and legal services teams, these culprits have been brought to justice.”

The council said it encourages residents to use one of its recommended trader approval schemes, such as Buy With Confidence or Which Trusted Trader, to find a removal company.

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