Wiltshire

Wiltshire Motor Company investigated over theft allegations

A second-hand car dealership near Swindon which suddenly disappeared is being investigated by police and trading standards.

Wiltshire Police said it was investigating a number of theft allegations against the Wiltshire Motor Company in Wroughton.

Signs have been taken down from its site in Moormead Road and customers have been unable to contact any staff.

Complaints include purchased cars not being delivered.

The business had been selling cars on behalf of individual vehicle owners.

'Dealership empty'

Carla Baker, from trading standards, said: "They have been operating in Swindon for a while and a couple of weeks ago things seemed to go wrong.

"People suddenly couldn't get in contact with them, the dealership was empty, the staff had disappeared, phones weren't being answered.

"Obviously there are a lot of people concerned about what had either happened to their car or any money they had paid."

She said the cars were worth anything from a few hundred pounds up to a few thousand pounds.

Police want to hear from anyone who has had dealings with the company or believes they are a victim of crime.

Anyone concerned about their legal rights in relation to any car that they have purchased from or sold through Wiltshire Motor Company can obtain free legal advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service.

The Wiltshire Motor Company opened on the former Pebbly Beach Suzuki site and new signs have now been put up for another dealership.

It has no connection to either the previous dealership or the new one.

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