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Nightmare! Bonnie and Clyde at it again

From Cullompton to the Czech Republic and from London to Lisbon, there’s been a collective groan.

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One of John’s websites that are back up and running

The Bonnie and Clyde of the print industry (as one disgruntled customer dubbed them) are back relieving printers and self-publishers of their cash despite a number of legal challenges.

This publication has been contacted by Neill Malcolm Stuart John berating our coverage of his business activities suggesting we had prevented him from trading by running stories from his unhappy customers. He says he has refunded more than £104,000 to those who have requested their money back and has again supplied a long list of those he says were happy with his work. Previously we investigated one of his lists and found all but a handful were genuine. We have offered him full right of reply but he did not take up the offer.

Now his many victims have drawn our attention to the fact the son of a Welsh magistrate and failed Tory politician has re-established his websites offering the same deals as before and asking for money up front. A self-publisher in Cornwall contacted us this week to say he had lost £2,000 in an order for books that went wrong, and another publisher emailed the details of their dealings with John that left them £3,000 out of pocket. A check name on the Company’s House website reveals that Offset Printers Ltd has Claire Hunnisett of Barry in Wales listed as the financial director and Stuart Ralph Poppleton (we understand from his customers this is an alias along with the mercurial Andy) listed as company director (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/10503706). According to Company Check Poppleton is 76 and holds positions in 15 firms, while Companies House says he has 332 appointments.

A self-publisher in Cornwall contacted us this week to say he had lost £2,000 in an order for books that went wrong

Stuart’s latest websites that are in operation are www.paperbackprinter.co.uk
and www.hardbackprinter.co.uk.

Do let us know if you see any more websites of his so we can alert readers. When we revealed recently he was back in business one printer exclaimed “Nightmare!” Another ex-customer wrote: “Is there nothing out there that will stop him?”

How can we stop him? Email your thoughts to harry@linkpublishing.co.uk or call me on 0117 9805 040 – or follow me on Twitter and join in the debate.

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