Noel ramps Lloyds claim up to £300m

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TELE­VI­SION star Noel Ed­monds has in­creased his compo claim against Lloyds Bank­ing Group to £300 mil­lion af­ter he fell vic­tim to fraud.

The for­mer Deal Or No Deal host had orig­i­nally been seek­ing £50-70m.

Lloyds, which res­cued HBOS at the height of the fi­nan­cial cri­sis, has set aside a £100m pot for cus­tomers af­fected by the fraud, which took place be­tween 2003 and 2007 at the hands of for­mer HBOS Read­ing staff.

The cor­rupt fi­nanciers were jailed ear­lier this year for the £245m loans scam which de­stroyed busi­nesses, be­fore they squan­dered the prof­its on hook­ers and lux­ury hol­i­days.

Mr Ed­monds’s new £300m claim, for losses al­legedly suf­fered when his old busi­ness Unique Group was de­stroyed be­cause of the fraud, is three times the amount Lloyds has set aside.

Mr Ed­monds has led a public cam­paign against the len­der, which has seen him ad­mit he came close to tak­ing his own life fol­low­ing the fraud.

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