The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

£35m loan held by his Arcadia group, pushing BHS into administra­tion. Mr Chappell claimed he did everything in his power to save the firm, including offering Mr Ashley his shares, but his attempts were “rail-roaded” by Sir Philip. Last week, administra­t

Probe: Dominic Chappell branded a ‘Premier League liar’

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The man who bought BHS for £1 from Sir Philip Green threatened to kill the high street chain’s chief executive, a parliament­ary hearing has been told, as he was branded a “premier league liar” who had his “fingers in the till”.

The chain’s chief executive, Darren Topp, alleged that Dominic Chappell issued the death threat when he questioned him over a £1.5 million transfer of BHS money to Sweden.

“If you kick off about it, I’ll come down there and kill you,” Mr Topp claimed Mr Chappell told him.

The explosive claims were made during heated exchanges in front of the Commons business and pensions committees, which are investigat­ing events surroundin­g the retailer’s collapse.

MPs also heard that Mr Chappell was a “mythomania­c”, a “premier league liar” and a “Sunday pub league retailer”, according to former BHS finance consultant Michael Hitchcock.

Mr Topp added that Mr Chappell’s assurances on buying BHS “unravelled and, rather than putting money in, he had his fingers in the till”.

He claimed Mr Chappell received a £1.8m payment from the sale of BHS and £7m from the sale of the retailer’s offices.

Mr Hitchcock said he was forced to change the company’s bank mandate to “stop any chance of money flowing outside of the business”.

However, Mr Chappell chose instead to focus on the role of Sir Philip in the saga, claiming that the Topshop billionair­e blocked a rescue attempt from Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley and tipped BHS into administra­tion.

He claimed that on hearing of the potential deal, Sir Philip called in a

 ??  ?? Dominic Chappell answers questions at the parliament­ary hearing. Picture: PA.
Dominic Chappell answers questions at the parliament­ary hearing. Picture: PA.

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