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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.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Another post on the Diggs Facebook page:-
UPDATE  We are glad to be able to report that Dom Smith's daughter has finally got her deposit back! This letter from Dom explains ...

"Thanks very much for the support, and guess what? Within 24hrs of your posting the Facebook message on your blog, my daughter got the sweetest saccharine text asking for her bank details, and the money was promptly paid in last Friday. I suspect that the the two events are not unconnected! My worry now is that her three former housemates are worried that they will have the same problems getting their money back. I will keep you informed if they have difficulties.
Thanks again for your support.

Friday, 20 April 2012


It is welcome news that David Bone, Jr has been served with a bankruptcy petition. The date set for the court hearing is 31st May 2012 at 2.00 pm at Wigan County Court; Case Number 100 of 2012.

[The wheels of justice may turn slowly in Britain, but at least Justice wins in the end. This is not so in many parts of the world; one can be threatened with a long jail term or even death simply for misnaming a teddy bear or wind up in a cell just for asking directions from a policeman. In some places, there is no justice at all!—Ed.]