Noel ramps Lloyds claim up to £300m
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.