THE owner of an Ashbourne café says a visit by bailiffs on Friday last week was “nothing to do” with his company.
The commercial director of Dillon’s, in St John Street, said the matter was resolved on the same day and that the bailiffs were instructed to pursue a debt relating to a “previous occupier” of the building.
Richard Fisher told the News Telegraph: “Bailiffs did indeed attend ‘Dillon’s’ on Friday, 15th August 2014 in relation to a matter which has absolutely nothing to do with the company and, therefore, it was on this basis that the manager on duty called police for their assistance.
“After a short while the bailiffs left the property and the matter was resolved.
“The debt being chased appears to be an aged debt belonging to a previous occupier of the building.
“It is always a stressful and frustrating time when incidents like this occur and thankfully we find ourselves very, very rarely involved in such incidents.
“We are a small but growing company that operate three units, of which two are in Derbyshire and the remaining site is located in Leeds with a further unit looking to open in the summer/autumn of 2015.”
Two vans, in use by high court enforcement officers, were parked outside the café at around 3.30pm on Friday and two police officers were at the scene. No arrests were made.