UPDATE: Southport landlord David Scanlan held in fraud probe


Photo: David Scanlan(left)

Merseyside Police can confirm that three warrants were executed this morning in partnership with Sefton Council, in relation to an ongoing fraud investigation.

Warrants were executed at addresses in Brighton Street, Bridge Street and Eastbank Street, all in Southport.

David Scanlan, 63, Southport has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and taken into custody for questioning.

A spokesman for Sefton Council added: “We had been working closely with Merseyside Police ahead of the raids and will continue to assist them where possible.

“Officers from our Housing Standards, Building Control and Planning teams were present at the three properties involved.

“We are currently looking to see if any housing or planning breaches have been made and will take any relevant action where appropriate.”

According to a friend of mr Scanlan Dave Scanlan is currently helping the police with their enquirers and is being held in copy lane police station

Dave Scanlan will be approached by Otsnews.co.uk for an interview to give his side of events. Remember in British Law everyone is innocent until proven guilty!



Warrants executed across Southport this morning

Officers from Merseyside Police executed a warrants at properties on Bridge Street, Eastbank Street and Brighton Road(Birkdale), Southport this morning, Thursday 10 March 2016.

Officers have been accompanied by Sefton Council staff

All properties belonging to Southport property manager Dave Scanlan were searched by officers and Sefton Council staff.  Witnesses have reported police removing items from all properties.

More from the police press office later.

ots-tulkethPhoto: Bridge Street, Southport (8.40am)

ots-matrix-brighton-roadPhoto: Brighton Road, Birkdale


In November 2013 the owner of all four properties raided received a 6 month suspended prison sentence

Southport property manager Dave Scanlan appeared at South Sefton Magistrates Court this week and pleaded guilty to managing a multiple occupancy property on Bridge Street, Southport (formerly  T S Uttley & Son Insurance Brokers) – without the proper licence.

He admitted owing the courts almost £50K and subjecting Bridge Street tenants to poor living conditions.

The council obtained a warrant to the premises and carried out inspections of the property following complaints from by tenants.

Scanlan was given a 2 year conditional discharge for not having a licence and ordered to pay almost £2K costs.   He was also handed a 6 month prison sentence (suspended) as long as he makes a payment of £500 by December 31st 2013.


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