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Contractors call in police over 'malicious' letter

Two firms have called in police over a widely-circulated “malicious” letter alleging malpractice.

The letter concerns Volker Fitzpatrick and purports to be from Andrew Brown, managing director of west country firm Churngold Construction.

It urges sub-contractors to stop working for Volker Fitzpatrick and makes a series of allegations.

Similar letters are believed to have been sent to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the UK Border Agency and the Independent Police Complaints Commission. None of the bodies have launched any investigations.

Mr Brown said: “This is a fake letter. I know of no motivation for it and it is someone having a pop at Volker Fitzpatrick.

“I have no idea who wrote it. It appears to be someone with a grudge against Volker Fitzpatrick.”

Mr Brown said the two companies in any event rarely did business. He has referred the letter to the police, as has Volker Fitzpatrick.

A spokesman for its parent company Volker Wessels said it had “been the subject of a series of malicious correspondence, where the writer has impersonated sub-contractors. We have taken legal advice and we have referred the matter to the police”.

The company added that after an internal inquiry “we are satisfied that [the allegations] are without foundation whatsoever”.

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