Ex-BHS chief faces £100k pen­sions rap

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

FOR­MER BHS owner Do­minic Chap­pell has been or­dered to pay more than £100,000 for breach­ing pen­sions law when the firm col­lapsed with the loss of thou­sands of jobs.

The 52-year-old ex-rac­ing driver was found guilty in Jan­uary of three counts of fail­ing to pro­vide The Pen­sions Reg­u­la­tor with vi­tal doc­u­ments about the com­pany’s pen­sion scheme after it went into ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2016.

Chap­pell, of Bland­ford Fo­rum, Dorset, was re­sen­tenced at Hove Crown Court on Fri­day after los­ing an ap­peal against his con­vic­tion year.

Judge Chris­tine Henson, QC, crit­i­cised Chap­pell for show­ing a “com­plete lack of re­morse” in re­la­tion to his of­fences, that rep­re­sented a “bla­tant” re­fusal to com­ply with pen­sion law.

The col­lapse of the chain left large va­can­cies on high streets all around the coun­try, in­clud­ing in its land­mark build­ing on Chapel Street in South­port.

Fifty jobs were lost when the town cen­tre store closed and the site re­mained empty for two two years af­ter­wards.

The unit is oc­cu­pied by a tem­po­rary Christ­mas store, but is likely to be empty again next month. ear­lier this

The once mighty BHS store, in South­port is likely to be va­cant again next month

Do­minic Chap­pell broke pen­sion laws

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