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Former disgraced Cornwall estate agent facing jail over burglary

Martin Hobbs was fined earlier this year over breaches of Consumer Protection legislation but now faces jail after admitting to burglary and unlawful damage.

Nigel Lewis

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A former disgraced estate agent has been told he is very likely to spend time in prison after admitting to burglary and damaging property.

During a hearing at Truro Crown Court details of offences committed by Martin Hobbs were revealed after he broke into a hotel in Cawsand in February with intent to do unlawful damage.

He then wrecked its intercom and dented its kitchen floor, causing damage in excess of £28,000.

It has not been a good year for Hobbs, whose business is MPH Estate Agents in the seaside village of Millbrook (pictured, above). Earlier this year he was fined £12,000 and told to pay £10,000 towards court costs after an investigation by local Trading Standards into breaches of Consumer Protection legislation.

When an estate agent, Hobbs admitted five charges including falsely claiming to have sold a property that was not for sale, that he had sold homes that were still for sale and had placed For Sale signs outside a property that wasn’t on the market.

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The court heard that Hobbs would find impressive properties from old or existing listings and then relist them on Rightmove as his own ‘sold’ inventory, and that he had harassed a rival agent.

He also admitted to producing a fake instruction letter to obstruct an investigating officer.

At the earlier hearing the judge also heavily criticised Hobbs after it emerged he had filed for bankruptcy in an ‘active attempt to hide his resources’, before his sentencing.

Hobbs has now applied to join the Coastguard Agency, which he used to work for as a volunteer, Cornwall Live has reported.

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June 24, 2019

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