Police called as controversial dealers store cars in hotel grounds

Hampshire Chronicle: Richard Burbage (left) and Stand Rudgley (far right) Richard Burbage (left) and Stand Rudgley (far right)

POLICE were called to a Hampshire hotel after a controversial car dealer was using its car park to store vehicles.

Richard Burbage and Stan Rudgley were spotted at Macdonald Botley Park Hotel with two large lorries and admitted they had moved cars away from the hotel.

The pair are at the centre of a Trading Standards investigation into their former car business in Southampton that closed suddenly earlier this year amid complaints it was selling faulty cars.

They were accompanied at the hotel by several men in overalls who spent around an hour with the lorries before moving one out of the car park.

Police confirmed they were called to the Botley hotel to investigate a breach of the peace but left without taking action and said all they found was a “civil matter”.

It comes weeks after the pair were seen in a Sainsbury's car park in Fareham examining a number of abandoned cars, which had orange penalty notices on their windscreens issued by Fareham Borough Council.

When confronted by the Daily Echo in Botley, Mr Burbage said Mr Rudgley was moving cars but would not comment further.

He said: “There's no problem here. Mr Rudgley had some cars here and he moved them. That's it.”

It is unknown who called the police but a hotel spokesman denied it was any of their staff and said there was no problem as far as the hotel was concerned.

The spokesman said: “The police came and went and there was no issue. Everything was moved and there was no confrontation.”

When the Echo asked the manager whether the hotel knew the cars were there or had any problem with the pair using the car park to store vehicles he refused to comment and ended the call.

As reported, Mr Burbage and Mr Rudgley have been linked to firms that closed down following fury over faulty cars they were selling.

Woolston Car Supermarket's closure prompted dozens of angry customers to demand refund cheques, which eventually bounced.

And at the hotel Mr Burbage gave no indication that any money would be repaid to customers but denied any wrongdoing.

When the customers returned to the Hazel Road showroom it was deserted with complaint letters strewn around outside.

The company actually moved 12 miles down the road to Fareham under a new name of Fort Wallington Car Sales run by Mr Rudgley, who had previously said he severed ties with Mr Burbage after the collapse of Woolston Car Supermarket.

Mr Burbage, 40, allegedly owes 11m Australian dollars to hundreds of people after the demise of his firm, We Buy Any Car, in Australia, which copied the name of the successful British online car seller but has no connection to that firm.

Trading Standards continue to investigate claims surrounding Woolston Car Supermarket and a second business called Fort Wallington Car Sales.

They have described it as one of the biggest cases of its kind in decades and so far are dealing with cases of more than 60 customers.

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6:17am Sat 21 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Dog with a bone.
Dog with a bone. issacchunt
  • Score: -6

6:54am Sat 21 Jun 14

Huey says...

So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money.
Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers.
The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.
So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from. Huey
  • Score: 57

6:57am Sat 21 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

Think Stan is a good ADVERT for the BIG MAC !
Think Stan is a good ADVERT for the BIG MAC ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 9

8:07am Sat 21 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Huey wrote:
So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.
Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.[/p][/quote]Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one Woolston ollie
  • Score: 11

8:21am Sat 21 Jun 14

issacchunt says...

Woolston ollie wrote:
Huey wrote:
So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.
Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one
They already have, they sold an Echo reporter a dodgy car.
[quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.[/p][/quote]Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one[/p][/quote]They already have, they sold an Echo reporter a dodgy car. issacchunt
  • Score: 16

8:49am Sat 21 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Stupid as well lol
Stupid as well lol Woolston ollie
  • Score: 9

9:30am Sat 21 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

i thought little and large had retired
i thought little and large had retired mickey01
  • Score: 6

9:56am Sat 21 Jun 14

For pity sake says...

mickey01 wrote:
i thought little and large had retired
I can't see one you'd refer to as "little"...
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: i thought little and large had retired[/p][/quote]I can't see one you'd refer to as "little"... For pity sake
  • Score: 8

10:00am Sat 21 Jun 14

massimoosti says...

issacchunt wrote:
Woolston ollie wrote:
Huey wrote:
So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.
Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one
They already have, they sold an Echo reporter a dodgy car.
No sh I t Sherlock............
..and haven't they feckin gone on about it non stop since.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woolston ollie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: So sad that when people fail in life they have to rip others off to try and make money. Look at them, fat, tattooed, bald, fag smoking losers. The police won't act, it is time some vigilantes gave them a hiding they won't forget or recover from.[/p][/quote]Im with you on that they look like **** stock one day they will pick on the wrong one[/p][/quote]They already have, they sold an Echo reporter a dodgy car.[/p][/quote]No sh I t Sherlock............ ..and haven't they feckin gone on about it non stop since. massimoosti
  • Score: 6

12:22pm Sat 21 Jun 14

S Pance says...

Check out the 'for sale' cars dotted around Hedge End, near the Texaco roundabout and St Jons road..
Check out the 'for sale' cars dotted around Hedge End, near the Texaco roundabout and St Jons road.. S Pance
  • Score: 9

10:52pm Sat 21 Jun 14

Goldencat says...

It might be a good time to look into all car traders using residential roads and car parks as storage facilities.
There has been a large car parked on the road where I live for two months and more, adding to the already difficult parking situation. As it is taxed, we are unable to have it moved.
Inconvenience counts for nothing it seems and the fact that a business can operate in this way unchallenged.
It might be a good time to look into all car traders using residential roads and car parks as storage facilities. There has been a large car parked on the road where I live for two months and more, adding to the already difficult parking situation. As it is taxed, we are unable to have it moved. Inconvenience counts for nothing it seems and the fact that a business can operate in this way unchallenged. Goldencat
  • Score: 3

5:10am Sun 22 Jun 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

Why is it that these "rip off artists" are overweight, tattoo'd and look like slobs? Is it because they're all "pen pushers". They all need to get out and do an honest days work for a change.
Why is it that these "rip off artists" are overweight, tattoo'd and look like slobs? Is it because they're all "pen pushers". They all need to get out and do an honest days work for a change. Old Boscombe Lad
  • Score: -2

2:22pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Botleylocal says...

They park their cars around Botley roads but because taxed can't do anything we currently have another two close by again advertised on gumtree etc we have children with special needs and couldn't access parking in front of our home as he left his cars out the front for over a week ! even businesses in Botley mill are getting fed up with lack of parking for their customers. Maybe everyone who's been affected by them should park in his drive see how he likes it !
They park their cars around Botley roads but because taxed can't do anything we currently have another two close by again advertised on gumtree etc we have children with special needs and couldn't access parking in front of our home as he left his cars out the front for over a week ! even businesses in Botley mill are getting fed up with lack of parking for their customers. Maybe everyone who's been affected by them should park in his drive see how he likes it ! Botleylocal
  • Score: 5

2:25pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Botleylocal says...

Goldencat wrote:
It might be a good time to look into all car traders using residential roads and car parks as storage facilities.
There has been a large car parked on the road where I live for two months and more, adding to the already difficult parking situation. As it is taxed, we are unable to have it moved.
Inconvenience counts for nothing it seems and the fact that a business can operate in this way unchallenged.
Have a search for the cars on gumtree, freeads, ebay etc your find his number may help with getting them moved. Hope they move soon.
[quote][p][bold]Goldencat[/bold] wrote: It might be a good time to look into all car traders using residential roads and car parks as storage facilities. There has been a large car parked on the road where I live for two months and more, adding to the already difficult parking situation. As it is taxed, we are unable to have it moved. Inconvenience counts for nothing it seems and the fact that a business can operate in this way unchallenged.[/p][/quote]Have a search for the cars on gumtree, freeads, ebay etc your find his number may help with getting them moved. Hope they move soon. Botleylocal
  • Score: 2

7:02pm Sun 22 Jun 14

sally208 says...

I for one hope the Echo never give up that bone - these two are a disgrace. If they operated like this with dogs or horses they'd be banned from owning them for life but they continue to rip off honest, hard-working people and make residents lives a misery. Keep eating the takeaways fatboys and a coronary is on the horizon!
I for one hope the Echo never give up that bone - these two are a disgrace. If they operated like this with dogs or horses they'd be banned from owning them for life but they continue to rip off honest, hard-working people and make residents lives a misery. Keep eating the takeaways fatboys and a coronary is on the horizon! sally208
  • Score: 2

10:40am Mon 23 Jun 14

joiner123 says...

I looked at a car at the Woolston site last year and delt with the larger bloke. The car was an utter unsafe dog and shouldn't have been on the road. He didn't take kindly to me pointing out the multiple MOT failures and huge oil leak, he was quite rude.
I looked at a car at the Woolston site last year and delt with the larger bloke. The car was an utter unsafe dog and shouldn't have been on the road. He didn't take kindly to me pointing out the multiple MOT failures and huge oil leak, he was quite rude. joiner123
  • Score: 0

5:58pm Mon 23 Jun 14

its got to be said says...

I just have to say a couple of things ......
1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc.
2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are.
3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay.
4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims?
5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say.
6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls)
7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'.
8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter.
but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.
I just have to say a couple of things ...... 1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc. 2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are. 3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay. 4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims? 5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say. 6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls) 7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'. 8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter. but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance. its got to be said
  • Score: -1

7:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Botleylocal says...

its got to be said wrote:
I just have to say a couple of things ......
1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc.
2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are.
3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay.
4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims?
5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say.
6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls)
7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'.
8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter.
but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.
Clearly you haven't been affected by them as a business or lack or respect to local communities where they are parking in front of residents houses and when approached have the attitudes that its not their problem as they are taxed and MOT surely a decent business operates from a premises !!

Get your facts straight before protecting criminals, it's people who make comments justifying their actions which gives certain trades a bad name!
[quote][p][bold]its got to be said[/bold] wrote: I just have to say a couple of things ...... 1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc. 2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are. 3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay. 4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims? 5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say. 6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls) 7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'. 8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter. but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.[/p][/quote]Clearly you haven't been affected by them as a business or lack or respect to local communities where they are parking in front of residents houses and when approached have the attitudes that its not their problem as they are taxed and MOT surely a decent business operates from a premises !! Get your facts straight before protecting criminals, it's people who make comments justifying their actions which gives certain trades a bad name! Botleylocal
  • Score: 5

8:25pm Mon 23 Jun 14

CarFraudster says...

been trading as Elite Car Sales and now Oakmount Cars.

Buy your cars direct from Southampton Motor Auctions instead unless you like lies with your fat man.
been trading as Elite Car Sales and now Oakmount Cars. Buy your cars direct from Southampton Motor Auctions instead unless you like lies with your fat man. CarFraudster
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Mon 23 Jun 14

CarFraudster says...

its got to be said wrote:
I just have to say a couple of things ......
1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc.
2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are.
3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay.
4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims?
5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say.
6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls)
7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'.
8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter.
but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.
Trading Standards have processed S Rudgley and he has signed a statutory declaration that should he not honour (!!!) means he will run or face criminal charges.

Slow grind I am afraid. Sit back and enjoy the show folks.

From the grand showrooms of Woolston and Fareham with Autotrader powering sales to backstreets and supermarket car parks with Gumtree and Ebay no sales.

Wives working hard to grow lard and buy fags I guess boys.
[quote][p][bold]its got to be said[/bold] wrote: I just have to say a couple of things ...... 1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc. 2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are. 3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay. 4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims? 5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say. 6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls) 7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'. 8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter. but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.[/p][/quote]Trading Standards have processed S Rudgley and he has signed a statutory declaration that should he not honour (!!!) means he will run or face criminal charges. Slow grind I am afraid. Sit back and enjoy the show folks. From the grand showrooms of Woolston and Fareham with Autotrader powering sales to backstreets and supermarket car parks with Gumtree and Ebay no sales. Wives working hard to grow lard and buy fags I guess boys. CarFraudster
  • Score: -1

8:49pm Mon 23 Jun 14

CarFraudster says...

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8:09am Thu 26 Jun 14

Hastagger says...

Wow - if Stan gets any fatter, the echo are going to have to get a wide-angle lenses for their camera!

#bigmac #biglad #tubs
Wow - if Stan gets any fatter, the echo are going to have to get a wide-angle lenses for their camera! #bigmac #biglad #tubs Hastagger
  • Score: -2

2:15pm Sat 12 Jul 14

burbagehunter1 says...

its got to be said wrote:
I just have to say a couple of things ......
1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc.
2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are.
3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay.
4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims?
5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say.
6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls)
7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'.
8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter.
but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.
So says Lorraine the delusional
[quote][p][bold]its got to be said[/bold] wrote: I just have to say a couple of things ...... 1 All car traders have a dodgy reputation just like estate agents etc. 2 As with every business no matter how good or bad they cant please all their customers all the time - no matter how good they are. 3 The trolls posting on here seem to speak about stuff they really don't know about - for example you don't get feedback for classified listings on eBay. 4 Instead of trying to ruin their business by hounding them -Why not let them earn money so they can pay back any genuine claims? 5 The posts on here do not appear to come from genuine customers of theirs, rather from trolls who can only name call instead of having anything of substance to say. 6 What are they supposed to do - they are trying to earn a living - not sat on their backsides claiming benefits ( like a lot of trolls) 7 It appears form the report that the hotel had no problem with them using the car park and had not called the police so lets surmise who called them to make another 'News Story'. 8 All the reports seem to state that the police or Trading standards are looking into the matter - if there was a real crime going on they would have been charged, and the fact that even after 4+ months since the Echo started reporting about them no charges have been brought about seems to speak louder that the tripe spilled out by the Echo reporter. but hey lets face it The Echo is just a local chip wrapper not exactly a reference for truth and substance.[/p][/quote]So says Lorraine the delusional burbagehunter1
  • Score: 1

4:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

reedhunter1 says...

Just to alert you all in Australia that Nathan Reed and Alex ward were and still are taking bungs from the wholesalers
Still can't keep it up Nathan bet you can't when I track you down and tell us boss what a pair of dogs you are.
Keep the comments coming there only going to stir me into getting us both.
Go and have another bottle us Manny would be so proud of us!!!@@
Just to alert you all in Australia that Nathan Reed and Alex ward were and still are taking bungs from the wholesalers Still can't keep it up Nathan bet you can't when I track you down and tell us boss what a pair of dogs you are. Keep the comments coming there only going to stir me into getting us both. Go and have another bottle us Manny would be so proud of us!!!@@ reedhunter1
  • Score: 2

4:37pm Wed 16 Jul 14

reedhunter1 says...

Nathan Reed Alex Ward Australia
Nathan Reed Alex Ward Australia reedhunter1
  • Score: 0

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