Direct Lettings owner Peter Leonard released from police bail

Peter Leonard, left

Peter Leonard, left

First published in News

The owner of an estate agents from which more than £60,000 went missing has been released from police bail.

Peter Leonard, owner of the now closed Direct Lettings, has been on police bail since June 2013.

He has now been stood down from bail while enquiries into the missing money continue.

His shop, in Western Road, Hove, has since been shut down and is in the process of being converted. He was arrested in June 2013 on suspicion of fraud.

A police spokesman said yesterday: “The 57-year-old who was arrested as part of the investigation has been released from bail and told there will be no further action taken against him at this stage.”

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6:36am Thu 27 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

Ironically the previous owners of the business who were getting on and "retired" have opened a new letting agency in Hove, it's a funny old world.

Is this blokes £1million pound house in Rottingdean still up for sale?
Ironically the previous owners of the business who were getting on and "retired" have opened a new letting agency in Hove, it's a funny old world. Is this blokes £1million pound house in Rottingdean still up for sale? rogerthefish
  • Score: 14

8:41am Thu 27 Mar 14

Take it Personally says...

all letting and estate agents are deceitful scum
all letting and estate agents are deceitful scum Take it Personally
  • Score: 16

9:41am Thu 27 Mar 14

theargusissoinformative says...

His staff were always quite partial to parking their big black cars for hours on end in Western Road at the corner with Upper Market Street. They seemed to think that they owned the road (and no, they didn't have disabled badges).
His staff were always quite partial to parking their big black cars for hours on end in Western Road at the corner with Upper Market Street. They seemed to think that they owned the road (and no, they didn't have disabled badges). theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 12

10:42am Thu 27 Mar 14

Louis Lab says...

The £60.000 of missing funds quoted by the Argus is grossly underestimated.
I know on good authority that the figure is over £1 million pounds.
I don't understand what the police are doing. The theft is a black and white situation.
The £60.000 of missing funds quoted by the Argus is grossly underestimated. I know on good authority that the figure is over £1 million pounds. I don't understand what the police are doing. The theft is a black and white situation. Louis Lab
  • Score: 6

3:26pm Thu 27 Mar 14

voiceofthescoombe says...

Their maybe an honest decent letting agent somewhere but then again some people belive in ufos
Their maybe an honest decent letting agent somewhere but then again some people belive in ufos voiceofthescoombe
  • Score: 2

1:25am Fri 28 Mar 14

The Bosch says...

The illuminati masons will always help their friends out.
The illuminati masons will always help their friends out. The Bosch
  • Score: -1

11:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Dumasfolk says...

It is sad when the law can't function to bring dishonesty , theft and fraud to account. It reduces faith in the efficiency and power of our police force. Mr.Leonard appears to have betrayed the trust of his employees, his clients and his tenants with casual disregard for all concerned: he now appears to have got away with stealing very considerable sums of money,, hundreds of thousands more than quoted in The Argus. Is the law tied up with red tape, vested interest, overworked, demoralised, beaten? I think we rather need to know.
It is sad when the law can't function to bring dishonesty , theft and fraud to account. It reduces faith in the efficiency and power of our police force. Mr.Leonard appears to have betrayed the trust of his employees, his clients and his tenants with casual disregard for all concerned: he now appears to have got away with stealing very considerable sums of money,, hundreds of thousands more than quoted in The Argus. Is the law tied up with red tape, vested interest, overworked, demoralised, beaten? I think we rather need to know. Dumasfolk
  • Score: 0

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