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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.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012


We hear from the Public Examiner that David Bone Jr has postponed his interview once again, on account of work commitment, i.e., 'Faces of Disco' public performances. If he dodges the interview a third time, he will be legally required to attend—or face arrest.

Liam Collins did keep his appointment on 3rd July, but produced no proper accounts. His excuse was that CoBo's former accountant had not released them. However, we understand that the accounts have now been passed to the Public Examiner and to the Partners.

One noteworthy point is that Mark Black assumed responsibility for CoBo's accounts at the end of 2010. Has he provided the Public Examiner with the missing figures for 2011? If not, perhaps he will be good enough to assist the enquiry by doing so promptly?

It will be interesting to see just how long CoBo can get away with their dirty tricks by using the old postponement card. They can be sure of our unswerving attention until the whole swindle is satisfactorily resolved.

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