A COACH hire firm which carried out work for a collapsed tour company has joined the growing ranks of those demanding money and answers.
Eddie Browne, owner of Browne's Coaches, is the latest person to contact the Gazette in the wake of stories about Atlantis Coach Travel of Uxbridge.
Atlantis, in The Arcade, High Street, closed down several weeks ago, leaving a trail of upset and angry customers in its wake.
Mr Browne, whose company has 28 coaches and is based in Old Orchard Close, Hillingdon, is owed £380 after taking 14 people to Clacton last month on Atlantis's behalf.
Mr Browne said: "I had never heard of them before, and I've been going since 1982, but I thought the manager looked genuine and had no problem taking the booking."
Mr Browne was given a cheque to cover the amount which then bounced.
He attempted to contact Atlantis but has had no success.
He said: "It is very annoying but I've decided to take it on the chin. From what I've read in the Gazette, the chances of getting my money back are zero. In future I will demand money up front."
Meanwhile Paul Wood, who was quoted in last week's Gazette article in reference to former employee Claire Hewlett, 19, of Greenford, Ealing, has responded angrily to comments by Nigel Glenholmes, manager of Atlantis.
Mr Glenholmes had claimed Miss Hewlett and her family had removed all his computer equipment, files and cash from the office which had resulted in it being forced to close.
Mr Wood said: "We only took the electrical equipment, it was the former owner Symon (Hoffreiter) and his secretary who took the files and cash. We did it because Claire is owed £400.
"The police say we did nothing illegal and he could have easily got the equipment back if he had paid up. I don't know what happened to the rest of the stuff taken, but it's nothing to do with us."
Mr Glenholmes has told the Gazette he is working to get people their money back and urged them to contact Trading Standards at Hillingdon Council. However, customers have instead been asked to contact Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506.
The Gazette was unable to contact Mr Hoffreiter for his comments.