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Cameo: complaints reach nearly 600 as probe continues

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But the chances of a quick resolution have been hampered by the sheer scale of the operation, with the number of complaints now having risen to nearly 600.
The Midgham-based firm has been at the centre of an international storm since the Newbury Weekly News first published some clients’ concerns over non-payment, bounced cheques and missing goods.
The floodgates opened and hundreds of complaints poured in from across the globe.
There were also numerous claims that Cameo wrongly took cash from the bank accounts of dozens of people who merely registered but had never taken part in an auction.
Cameo suspended trading following a raid by West Berkshire Council’s trading standards officers in May.
Then in June Cameo boss Jon King was officially declared bankrupt due to a creditors’ petition.
West Berkshire Council trading standards officer Sean Murphy said this week: “To date we have received around 570 enquiries and our investigation into the matter continues, supported by Thames Valley Police. We have also been working with the Insolvency Service to ensure they have a comprehensive picture of the potential loss to former customers.”
Police spokeswoman Lucy Billen added: “Thames Valley Police is continuing to support trading standards in its ongoing investigation into Cameo Auctioneers. Police officers work closely with West Berkshire trading standards and have regular meetings about the investigation, which involves a large number of reports from people across the UK.”
Anyone wishing to contact trading standards about Cameo Auctions should phone (01635) 519930 or email tsadvice@westberks.gov.uk

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