December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A March businessman wants to let people know that he has nothing to do with the manager of a launderette which shut when the owner was charged with fraud and drugs offences.
Stewart Stevens, who runs Home Sweet Home pre-loved furniture, took over the lease from the Station Road premises landlord when Alek Sire closed his launderette and health centre business.
Sire shut after being charged with three charity frauds and possession with intent to supply drugs offences.
Sire is due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates court on October 18.
Since setting up his furniture shop, Mr Stewart has had people coming in demanding money and in one case had to show a tenancy agreement to prove he was nothing to do with Sire.
Mr Stewart said: “He is nothing to do with me, I just happened to be the next person to rent those premises.”
Mr Stewart left the prison service three years ago and set up a second hand furnishings shop in Whittlesey with his brother.
He has now branched out on his own to set up his own store in March.
Home Sweet Home is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30 to 5.30. It has a late night opening to 7pm and is closed on Sunday.