26th February 1999
Back in 1999, HM Customs & Excise carried out what was probably one of the biggest raids that they’d ever done in North Wales at that time, where a team of officers raided my house at Penmon, Lon Padog, Whinacres.
I was at home on that morning, laying in bed, when they burst into my bedroom and wouldn’t let me get dressed in private, the officers said they had a warrant for VAT evasion, yet I was somewhat amazed, how they came for VAT evasion.
During the search the officers who were looking for paperwork, brought some specialists who were dipping the fuel tanks on my vehicles for rebated fuel (red diesel).
They were looking in cereal boxes, testing icing sugar for drugs, they even asked me if there were any firearms in the house, I told them ‘I think you’ve been watching too many movies’ before they rushed me off to Llandudno Police station to be interviewed.
I got my solicitor to come to my house and be present while the search was conducted in case anything could have been planted in my home.
Over the next few days you will read on this blog, statements from a VAT officer, a complaint to the PCA regarding a police officer, you’ll listen to a tape recording from a VAT officer, secretly taped in his own home.
This VAT officer was spreading rumours that he knew me and telling people that I was being investigated for VAT fraud, on a watchdog programme called the Ferret and that I was a cowboy builder.
Let me point out to you, Haydn Williams is a VAT officer from Deganwy who I have never spoken to in my life and never made any remarks about him, but a man who would have been sworn to an official secrets act had an awful lot to say about me and everything that he did say was untrue.
Readers of this blog!!
What you have got to understand is that Conwy in North Wales is a beautiful place, but it’s a toy town and full of gossip and when people round here don’t know the truth they will make it up, but it’s more juicy when its backed up by a police officer and a VAT officer.
After listening to the tape and reading the statements, you will read the real truth, I’m sure you’ll be amazed at how these officers had lied to try and fit me up.
Not one of these people had any consideration for my wife and my family, I was on bail for over 2 years, each time the officers came up to North Wales to interview me, they stayed at the Empire Hotel in Llandudno, the money that this operation must have cost.
In the end I had to go to my MP Betty Williams for her to write in to get some answers as to when a decision was going to be made.
To be continued over the following days…..
JFT96 – YNWA