Furious Waterlooville butcher says E.on put his firm at risk

Gary Wright outside his butchers' shop in London Road precinct, Waterlooville
Gary Wright outside his butchers' shop in London Road precinct, Waterlooville

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  • Butcher Gary Wright moved into shop in June
  • Previous tenant left without paying electricity bill
  • When Mr Wright refused to pay it bailiffs were sent to cut him off and police called
  • He feared losing £3,000 of meat
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A BUTCHER has criticised an energy firm after it called police to try to cut off his power – because of someone else’s unpaid bill.

Gary Wright took over the butcher’s shop in London Road. Waterlooville, in June and received letters from E.on saying £1,028 owed for electricity.

He said he repeatedly told the company he was a new tenant but Southern Electric, which owns the hardware, turned up on Wednesday to cut him off.

When he refused to let them in, they called police.

The News and Mr Wright’s solicitor got involved and the operation was postponed so Mr Wright could provide more evidence the bills were not his.

He said: ‘They could have potentially put me out of business. I’m not prepared to pay for somebody else’s bills.

‘When they said they were going to call the police I said “go ahead”. They all agreed it wasn’t my fault, but they had their instructions. If they had turned my electric off that would have been it for my business.

‘There was £3,000 of meat here. I couldn’t have claimed for loss of earnings on insurance because it was E.on’s fault.’

The action has now been postponed.

A spokesman for E.on said: ‘Our records show that on July 28, we contacted Mr Wright’s premises to advise that we needed to see his lease as proof of the change of business tenancy.

‘While we have followed our usual warrant process, we’ve discussed this again with Mr Wright and have postponed further action to allow him to provide the information we need.

‘Once we have this, we will update our records and stop further action being taken.

‘Whilst we apologise for any concern this matter has caused, we’d like to urge customers to keep their energy supplier updated with any changes and provide relevant paperwork as necessary.’