Home of wedding ‘scammer’ accused of duping hundreds of couples trashed07/31/2019
The home of an alleged wedding scammer accused of conning couples out of hundreds of pounds has been trashed, her landlords have said.
Dana Twidale reportedly duped couples ahead of their big day, but it is not known where she is.
Natalie Cockerill, who has been leasing a flat in Bridlington, Yorkshire, to Mrs Twidale, says she's convinced she's "done a runner", Hull Live reports .
Earlier this week angry couples claimed they had been duped out of money by the wedding planner.
She lived there with one of her four children and seemed a reliable tenant until Mrs Cockerill discovered she had seemingly vacated the premises last week.
It is not known who is responsible for trashing the premises.
The 50-year-old property owner, who also runs Harbour Fisheries in Harbour Road, Bridlington, said: “A tenant came home in the early hours of last Saturday morning to see police outside the property.
“Police were there because they were concerned about Dana as nobody had heard from her for almost a week.
“They were going there to check on her for her own safety but someone had already forced open my front door and flat door with a crowbar and hammer.”
When Mrs Cockerill finally managed to get into the property she was shocked to discover just how filthy it was.
Like many others, Mrs Cockerill has tried in vain to contact Mrs Twidale over the past few days.
Given the state of the property and how it was left she desperately wants answers and has come to the conclusion that Mrs Twidale has fled.
She said: “It looks like she has just packed her bags and left. It looks like she’s left in a hurry and done a runner. There’s plates with food still on them and it looked like someone had left halfway through a meal.
“There was mould, the place reeked and we had to throw a lot of stuff away on the Saturday night before leaving it boarded up."
Mrs Twidale, who has been accused of conning money out of numerous brides and at least two ex-partners, moved into the flat in May.
She paid her two previous rent instalments on time but Mrs Cockerill now fears she will lose in at least £2,000 due to Mrs Twidale’s disappearing act.
She said: “We are going to have to pay legal costs, the flat will need to be empty for a month with no rent paid and then we’re going to have to remarket the property and people looking to move in may have to give a month’s notice on their existing tenancies.
“That means we face losing two months’ rent and we’ve got to spent money on new doors which are not cheap. I’ve put hours into this and we’re going to be £2,000 out of pocket from this.”
Mrs Cockerill says she has seen copies of bank statements given to her by Mrs Twidale when she moved into the property.
These heartbreakingly reveal the names of dozens of victims who have allegedly been conned by the Hull mum-of-four whose husband says she should be “fed to the wolves”.
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