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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, 3 April 2013


Ewart Tempest, who is based in Canada, sent us a link to this article about Liam Collins and the Bobsleigh Team:

We were amazed to see that in the interview, Liam Collins says:

"Bobsled is mostly self funded so you need to have a job you can do for 8 months so you can go away for 4 months.  Dancing allows me to do this as I mostly street perform when I can. It’s tiring but I’ve managed to balance training and dancing this year. Time management is the key. If you can get sponsors to help you even better."

So we wrote to the editor of Speed Endurance, Jimson Lee, as follows:

In your piece about Liam Collins, Faces of Disco, etc., you write and we quote:

"But there's a lot more to the dancers behind the masks … "

Well, we hasten to assure you that there damn well is a lot more to them! 'Faces of Fraud' would be more apt. Why? Liam Collins owes investors more than £4 million, much of which was obtained through outright deceit and mis-selling. We don't see how, being already bankrupt, he can honestly afford to fund training in the Bobsleigh Team. His investors should be repaid out of money he makes from his street act. Incidentally, we were assured by the Olympic Bobsleigh coach, Gary Anderson, last year that Collins was no longer training with the Team. So something needs to be straightened out in this matter.

Collins seems to be completely indifferent to the misery he has caused to the numerous people who put their trust in his property schemes and he is at present under investigation by the Official Receiver and other authorities. They certainly would question the idea of his financing sports training, if they knew about it! Collins is apparently so keen to make his mark in the world of sports that he is utterly cynical about how he achieves it and has been trying to argue his way out of the crooked mess he is trying to leave behind him.

Here are links to the Website and Blog that we were obliged to create to bring Collins' and his associates' deceitful and callous practices to light. We hope that you will find the time to have a look at them."