Mobility furniture firm and director charged with trading offences
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A Suffolk mobility furniture salesman has appeared in court charged with a string of unfair trading offences.
David Waters denies all charges brought by Trading Standards against him and his company, Anchor Mobility Limited.
The 70-year-old company director, of Manwick Road, Felixstowe, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court without legal representation on Tuesday.
He pleaded not guilty to taking payment without delivering goods, pressurising customers to make purchases, and failing to issue refunds between October 2016 and September 2017.
Waters and Anchor Mobility, registered at a default address of Companies House, Cardiff, are also charged with knowingly or recklessly engaging in a commercial practice which contravened requirements of professional diligence between October 2016 and September 2017, and being engaged in misleading commercial practices by failing to fulfil representations that furniture would be delivered to customers in Grays, Essex, between November 14 and 24, 2017; Rushmere St Andrew, near Ipswich, on March 17, 2017; Chislehurst, London, on February 28, 2017; Gosport, Hampshire, on June 3, 2017; Hereford on February 21, 2017; Shipley, West Yorkshire, on January 12, 2017; Stevenage on March 27, 2017; Bletchley, Milton Keynes, on October 11, 2016; Mistley, Essex, on March 7, 2017; Feltham, London, on April 20, 2017; Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, on March 6, 2017; Tamworth, Staffordshire, on January 4, 2017; Leeds on February 9, 2017; Bradford on March 5, 2017; and Aldridge, Walsall, on February 20, 2017.
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Waters and the company are also accused of failing to refund £1,000 to a customer in Stoke-on-Trent on March 1, 2017.
Alison Hollis, prosecuting for Suffolk Trading Standards, said the company purported to sell adjustable beds and chairs, which were allegedly never delivered to the complainants after being paid for in full or with a 50% deposit.
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The alleged total loss to 15 customers, said the prosecution, was £53,203.
Magistrates agreed the alleged offences, although triable under their jurisdiction, were too serious for their powers of sentencing in the event of conviction. They released Waters on unconditional bail until a plea hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on September 11.