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This Blog is dedicated to making public some of the business activities and methods of Liam Collins, David Bone Jr and their associates. In the spring of 2010, the present authors invested in Collins & Bone (C&B), who were offering an enticing 8-10% interest on the basis of buying houses for cash, renovating them and letting them out to students. We were assured that our money was secured against houses that they owned, including their own homes and the properties held by their associated company, Castle & Gatehouse (C&G). We have emails and brochures that confirm these details, as do others who invested on this same basis at around the same time. The idea worked for us for over a year, then in November 2011 they told us they were insolvent. They refused our every request for clear accounts, which led us to suspect wrongdoing. We began an investigation and then started this Blog. We found our suspicions confirmed: other investors had lost sometimes quite large amounts to C&B and its predecessor CBS, and all requests for repayment were adamantly refused. These people use and have used so many names that we found it necessary to compress them into CoBo (for Collins & Bone) and Coboco (for the whole bunch of them – there are quite a few!) Note that there is an index in the margin at the right hand side.

Monday, 23 January 2012


An investor has asked us to post the following message:

The filing for personal bankruptcy/IVA of Liam Collins will be held as follows:-

Wednesday 25th January 11 am

Newcastle County Court
The Law Courts
The Quayside

Case # NEWC 1517 of 2011 BKT 3472187

Phone: 0191 201 2000  ( ask for Bankruptcy Team)

NB - The successful filing for bankruptcy of a partner member automatically dissolves the partnership. If you want to bring any matters to the attention of the judge, you can send an email to the address below which will get tagged to the case file that the judge will see:

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