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Ex window boss's bankruptcy hearing

PUBLISHED: 20:02 14 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:11 03 March 2010

A DOUBLE-GLAZING salesman known to thousands by a catchy radio jingle narrowly avoided a warrant being issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up for a bankruptcy hearing.

A DOUBLE-GLAZING salesman known to thousands by a catchy radio jingle narrowly avoided a warrant being issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up for a bankruptcy hearing.

But bankrupt Ross Turtill, the 51-year-old ex head of Ipswich company C&R Windows, claimed papers summoning him to the County Hall hearing had not been served on either him or his wife Kathleen.

Speaking from his office at Dream Windows in Ipswich where he now works, Mr Turtill said: "No one has handed any documents to me. Had they done so I would have turned up in court. I haven't heard anything from the court for some time."

But Assistant District Judge Evans, who contemplated issuing a warrant for Turtill's arrest when he failed to appear, heard how Mr Turtill and his wife had been both sent a summons on November 12 and had been personally issued with one on November 25.

On December 10 the judge adjourned the public examination into Mr Turtill's failed business for a month in order for the correct papers to be re-issued.

Assistant official receiver David Gibson said: "A public examination is called in order to gain co-operation from the bankrupts and to get details of their income and expenditure. It is the duty of the official receiver to recover any assets that may still exist. Issuing a warrant for an arrest in these circumstances is unusual."

Ross Turtill became familiar to thousands of radio listeners as the voice of C&R Windows, which he founded in 1989, a company which at its height had up to 15,000 clients.

But C&R Windows was made the subject of a bankruptcy order on March 5 this year.

The holding company Protectacoat Ltd was forced to cease trading in August 2001 which, at the time, Mr Turtill blamed on a string of "unfortunate circumstances".

Mr and Mrs Turtill were both declared bankrupt in September 2002.

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