David John Blakey, a bankrupt, Skegness-based memorial mason has been landed with six years bankruptcy restrictions from January for taking customers money and failing to supply the items paid for.

Mr Blakeys ban follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service.

David John Blakey (43), who traded as Simply Memorials, in Skegness, Lincolnshire, has given an undertaking to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, to be bound for six years, by the restrictions set out in insolvency law that a bankrupt is subject to until they are discharged from bankruptcy normally 12 months until 2020. In addition, he cannot manage or control a limited company during this period without leave of the court.

Gerard OHare, Official Receiver, commented on the case:

Many grieving relatives have suffered hardship due to Mr Blakeys business practices.

The bankruptcy restrictions serve as a protection to the public against future misconduct by Mr Blakey. They also send a clear message that the Insolvency Service will take steps to protect vulnerable creditors.

The investigation found that between 1 September 2012 and 14 December 2012, while he was insolvent, Mr Blakey – who petitioned for his own bankruptcy on 17 January 2013 with debts totalling 213,664 – took deposits totalling 56,168 from 84 grieving families but did not deliver the promised headstones. Many of these creditors provided valuable information to the investigators.