Cameo auctioneer Trading Standards complaints reach 600

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More than 600 people have now come forward to say they are owed money by a Berkshire auction house.

Cameo Fine Art Auctioneers, at Midgham, near Newbury, went bankrupt earlier this year after hundreds of complaints.

Trading Standards said customers had gone to them saying Cameo had sold their items but failed to pay them.

Jon King, owner of Cameo, declined to comment, but in May he said the company was investigating two former employees.

Mr King said: "Cameo auctioneers is now in the hands of the liquidator. I am unable to comment on further developments as I am still waiting to hear regarding the investigations."

Jan Smith, from Burghfield, said she was still owed hundreds of pounds.

'Heard nothing'

"I must admit it's very, very upsetting, but at the end of the day they went into liquidation so I'm not absolutely sure where we stand with retrieving this amount of money," she added.

Brother and sister Chris Rollason and Nicola Hyde used Cameo when they were helping their father clear out his home and said they were owed £3,000.

"The trouble is what can you do when you get to this stage now?

"My husband and myself went to the police station in Newbury when we found out, we report the incident at the police station and they told us that it was being dealt with," Mrs Hyde said.

"Trading Standards have also told us the same thing and we've just heard nothing back at all."

West Berkshire Trading Standards said it had passed the complaints to the Insolvency Service but was continuing to make inquiries.

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