New claims against Trimley businessman
FRESH claims emerged today about the activities of mysterious and controversial Trimley businessman Larry Graham.Despite being declared bankrupt in May, it appears that Mr Graham is still renting out rooms in his 28-bedroom Trimley home Seven Oaks, a former nursing home and hostel.
FRESH claims emerged today about the activities of mysterious and controversial Trimley businessman Larry Graham.
Despite being declared bankrupt in May, it appears that Mr Graham is still renting out rooms in his 28-bedroom Trimley home Seven Oaks, a former nursing home and hostel.
A former resident of one of the flats contacted the Evening Star to complain about the accommodation, for which he was paying £110 a week.
He said he was worried that the accommodation was not up to standard and was endangering lives - and now an inspection is to be made of the building.
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"All the fire doors in the place, apart from the main front door have been blocked up. They all have great big Yale locks on them," said the tenant who moved out recently.
It has also emerged that Mr Graham has a barge which has been converted in to a nightclub and restaurant, stored at moorings near Southend.
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Staff at the boatyard in Great Wakering confirmed that the boat was stored there. One man, who declined to be named, said: "It's something he has had for a number of years.
"It doesn't operate from here. All we do is berth it and he comes down now and again and does a bit of work on it, but we don't really see much of him."
Aileen Crooks, a partner in the Ipswich office of accountancy, tax and business advisors Baker Tilly is the trustee appointed to handle Mr Graham's estate and sort out his bankruptcy.
She said: "I can confirm that Mr Graham is currently residing at Seven Oaks in Church Lane, Trimley St Mary and that he is entitled to continue living there for the time being.
"We are currently investigating the situation regarding the alleged tenants within the building, and are making enquiries to establish whether any tenants are still present and if so under what terms.
"To our knowledge, the fire doors are not blocked up but we will make it a priority to visit the site again, and with Mr Graham's co-operation, make sure they are not blocked.
"We are continuing to make enquiries regarding all of Mr Graham's assets."