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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, 10 October 2012


We understand that David Bone Jr is due to appear before the Public Examiner in Wigan County Court on 26th October at 3 pm. He has been summoned to answer for the delay in producing proper accounts for the Collins & Bone partnership. This court hearing is open to the public, but will probably be quite brief.

Liam Collins will also have to answer for the delay in producing his accounts; a time and place for the court hearing have yet to be decided upon.

The Public Examiner will send out a report to creditors in due course, but he feels that he still does not have to hand a complete list of CoBo's creditors, so if a reader thinks that the PE may not know about his/her own claim, we advise contacting him at once. His contact details  are:

Martin Faulkner  
Official Receiver's Office
2nd Floor 
Cunard Building
Pier Head
Liverpool L3 1DS

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