Case against Fat Badger owner adjourned

wkd. The Balmoral Hotel in Harrogate. 1807023b.
wkd. The Balmoral Hotel in Harrogate. 1807023b.

A CASE against a Harrogate businessman accused of taking part in an alleged £30m mortgage fraud has been adjourned until July.

Philip Barker, 45, from Oatlands Drive, is owner of the White Hart and Balmoral hotels, as well as the adjoining Fat Badger restaurant and others in the area.

He stands accused, along with seven other men, of fraudulently obtaining loans to the value of more than £30m.

The men had been due to enter pleas at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday but the case has now been adjourned to July 6.