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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, 13 February 2012


We received this very sad letter from a man who invested his redundancy pay and a portion of his pension savings—£75,000 in total. We print his email just as it came ...

"Dear Sally,

Unfortunately I haven't any brochures, as it was all on the internet and then I was given the hard sell on the phone, like most of us, with phoned recommendations from Mark Black and Robert Wakefield. I also saw an article on them in the F/Times. I unfortunately was persuaded to part with my redundancy pay plus 25% of my pension, thinking I would get a regular income as promised, with the capital secured by their debt-free assets. I am now 60 and my new wife is pregnant, due in April.

But we all have our own stories to tell. The thing is we must make them pay somehow, because they're taking the mickey out of us and the law with all their flannel."

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