Adrian Bayford’s back in the news! The £148.6m EuroMillions jackpot winner is being sued for accidently crashing into his employee with a golf cart.
It’s not the first time that Adrian has been in the news. The first time we heard about him was back in 2012 when he won the £148.6m EuroMillions jackpot while still married to his wife Gillian. Unfortunately the couple have since divorced and Adrian has a new woman in his life.
After the incredible EuroMillions win, Adrian bought the Haverhill estate in Suffolk for £6m and employed. He also employed Chris Tovey. In April of 2013, while driving a golf cart around his estate, Adrian accidently crashed into his employee.
Adrian naturally apologised profusely and everyone was in agreement that it was an accident. Richard Hudspith, a good friend of Adrian, said, "Adrian was driving an off-road vehicle on his private land when the accident occurred in April this year. There were two witnesses who have given testimonies that it was an accident. Chris was injured but he did not suffer a broken leg."
Chris Tovey, the employee and father of three, now claims that he has needed two operations to save his leg and now walks on crutches and suffers from constant pain. He says that it’s taken its toll on him and he is also suffering from depression.
He also said that Adrian did take full responsibility for the accident.
It’s for this reason that he is now taking court action against the EuroMillions jackpot winner with claims that he nearly lost his leg in the golf cart crash. He’s suing Adrian for £200,000.
The Bayfords won Britain’s second-biggest lottery win in 2012 but split in 2013, just 15 months after the EuroMillions windfall. Adrian found a new love of his life, his 28 year old fiancée Samantha Burbidge, who lives with him in his grade II-listed country mansion at Haverhill. Samantha loves horses, so Adrian spoilt his lady and splashed out £2m on horses and stables for her.
Property spending spree
It’s not the first time Adrian has upset locals. The first time was when residents in Haverhill got upset over Adrian’s property buying spree.
Not long after winning the £148m EuroMillions jackpot, Adrian was accused of pricing other locals out of the market, snapping up at least thirteen buy-to-let properties in just over a year; the latest property being £157,000 two-bedroom terrace home.
In true lotto-style, Adrian paid for the house in cash. To date, Adrian has spent of over £2.3m on property in the area. He already has a tenant for his latest purchase, paying £695 a month to live there, while the local council has a 1,897 waiting list.
Residents in the area are definitely not happy with the EuroMillions winner and have accused him of pushing up house prices, rents and also causing the property shortage in the area.
The Town councillor, Pat Hanlon even went as far out and spoke out against Adrian Bayford, saying "It's disgusting that he can buy up all the houses in the town. They are properties that families and first-time buyers would love to buy but are struggling to afford."
An average three-bed house in Haverhill costs £185,337, a figure that has increased by 8% in the past year since the EuroMillions winner started his property buying spree. That's compared to a 4.6% increase in house prices across the rest of the UK. A typical rent in the area is £750 a year, which means an increase of 20%.
A estate agent in the area, who did not to be named, said: "I've had upset people coming in saying they lost out to him. He goes for homes he can rent out easily for a quick turnaround."
The EuroMillions winner has declined to comment but a source said: "Adrian employs local workers to maintain the properties and is helping the local economy."
It just goes to show the power of winning the lottery. Property is after all a very good investment and it does not depreciate in value. We would however, advise you to speak to a financial advisor on how to deal with your new found lotto wealth. Although it’s amazing to be able to buy up property left, right and centre, you also need to live amongst those people and you don’t want to alienate yourself.
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