The tv presenter and celebrity Noel Edmonds has accused the Lloyds Banking Group of being responsible for the destruction of his company entitled, Unique Business in addition to the bank causing damage to Mr. Edmonds public and business reputation.
Mr. Edmonds, who has had a TV and radio career which spans over 40 years, said that he had been a client of the disgraced former employee of HBOS Mark Dobson, who was sentenced to four and a half years in prison along with five other people for using money intended to be given to struggling businesses and instead spending the cash on lavish parties and maintaining a pseudo-celebrity lifestyle.
Lloyds has insisted it will make payments by the end of June from a £100m pot it has set aside to compensate 64 victims and has appointed Professor Russel Griggs to review their cases.
The fraud took place in the run-up to Lloyds’ rescue of HBOS during the 2008 banking crisis but Lloyds has hired a retired high court judge to scrutinise whether it investigated the problems in Reading and reported them to the authorities.
Edmonds told Blackwell he has not heard from Griggs or anyone in his office.
He told the Lloyds chair that he is speaking out on behalf of other victims because of his public profile which allows him to make “my voice heard more loudly than the other fraud victims who do not enjoy my profile”.
“Unlike them I also have added privilege of having top flight lawyers who will allow me to pursue my claim in the courts if you and your chief executive’s assurances of prompt reparation are not honoured,” said Edmonds.