Lapland park pair convicted

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TWO brothers have been convicted of misleading thousands of customers into visiting what they claimed was a Lapland-style theme park.

Victor and Henry Mears had denied eight charges brought in connection with their disastrous Lapland New Forest theme park. But they were found guilty on all counts after a jury at Bristol Crown Court heard complaints from disgruntled customers.

Victor, 67, of Selsfield Drive, and Henry, 60, of Coombe Road, both in Brighton, could have made £1m from up to 10,000 advanced ticket sales.

Visitors were offered a winter wonderland with snow-covered log cabins, a nativity scene, husky dogs, polar bears and other animals.

But instead of the promised magical festive treat, they experienced fairy lights hung from trees and a broken ice rink.

The brothers were convicted after a two-month trial and were released on bail pending sentencing.