Leeds salesman is sentenced over six-year tax scam

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A DOUBLE-glazing salesman landed himself in court by concealing his earnings from the taxman for six years.

Adam Barraclough, 29, of Morley, began working for Safestyle UK after signing a contract in 2007 stating that he would handle his own tax affairs.

In the event, however, he failed to register as self-employed and did not pay any tax or National Insurance between 2007 and 2013. In total, Barraclough avoided paying more than £73,000.

He was caught out after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) set up a taskforce investigating self-employed people working in the double-glazing trade. Barraclough was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Monday to 16 months’ imprisonment – suspended for two years – and 240 hours of unpaid work.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of income tax. He has repaid just over £26,500 since being charged.

Jo Tyler, assistant director of criminal investigation at HMRC said: “For years, Adam Barraclough avoided paying what he owed, knowing full well that he should have registered with us.

“HMRC is committed to unearthing individuals who do not pay their taxes, and we will prosecute those who offend. This fraudulent activity is not acceptable.”

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Early Morning Light on Harold Park with Swans in the foreground

The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals. In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round. To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.

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