No further action to be taken after sudden closure of Eastbourne bed store

Eastbourne Bed Centre 12-14 Terminus Road (R) and Eastbourne Discount Bed Centre 24 Terminus Road (L). March 25th 2015 E12068Q SUS-140325-115954001
Eastbourne Bed Centre 12-14 Terminus Road (R) and Eastbourne Discount Bed Centre 24 Terminus Road (L). March 25th 2015 E12068Q SUS-140325-115954001
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Customers left hundreds of pounds out of pocket when a bed shop closed suddenly last year have been told by Trading Standards that no further action is being taken.

Eastbourne Discount Beds at 24 Terminus Road closed in March 2014 after the company behind it, Eastbourne Furniture and Beds Limited, ceased trading.

Chris Moffett and Ryan Webber SUS-150909-112217001

Chris Moffett and Ryan Webber SUS-150909-112217001

Angry and upset customers say they paid for beds some weeks before the closure and were left out of pocket as their goods weren’t delivered.

Latest Companies House records listed 23-year-old Ryan Webber as the company director with Anthony Pook as a shareholder.

The shop’s manager Chris Moffett told the Herald at the time the limited company had ceased trading and there was “no money left”.

Mr Moffett, who went on to work at the Oak Furniture Land store close to the Bird’s Eye roundabout, blamed the downturn in the economy and online buying habits at the time of the closure.

He said at the time, “I am very sorry to any of the customers that have lost out. It’s not nice and it’s not a good position to be in.”

Customers say they had been promised their orders would be delivered but when they failed to turn up, they visited the shop to complain and found it had been cleared out by the company.

A spokesperson at East Sussex County Council said this week, “We did receive calls at the time and looked into this. Trading Standards officers gave advice to consumers, but took no further action.”

Eastbourne Furniture and Beds Limited was linked to Eastbourne Beds and Furniture Limited, which previously ran the Eastbourne Bed Centre in the double-fronted shop unit further along Terminus Road.

The Herald has been unable to contact former shareholder Mr Webber or director Mr Pook.

Mr Moffett, who was declared bankrupt in November 2011, was previously a director of Perfect Homes shop in Eastbourne.

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