Towcester removals conman gets 18 months

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The boss of a removals firm based in Towcester, who took thousands of pounds off customers and then failed to turn up on the day they moved home, has been locked up for 18 months at Northampton Crown Court.

Jeffrey Hayward, aged 35, of Rugby, admitted participating in a fraudulent business which saw 23 customers pay a total of £16,392 in deposits for them to help move house.

But during a prosecution case brought by Northamptonshire County Council Trading Standards, the court was told Hayward used a string of excuses, including his son being in intensive care and his daughter being knocked down by a car.

Sentencing him on Monday, July 26, Judge Lynn Tayton QC said moving house is stressful and his failure to appear as agreed would have had a ‘significant effect’.