Notorious burglar shamed by financial regulator

Garry Dunkerley Success For Tenants business leaflet

Due to the vigilance of a whistleblower, codenamed ‘SM’ (mentioned here to acknowledge his/her contribution) it has been drawn to the attention of the author of this article, Neil Wilby, that Oldham’s most notorious and prolific convicted burglar, Garry Dunkerley, has, potentially, landed himself in more hot water this week:

On 27th May, 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) added Dunkerley’s most recent business enterprise, Success For Tenants, to what is colloquially known as their ‘scammers list’.

The FCA is responsible for the functioning of the financial markets in the UK. The Authority aims to ensure honest and fair markets by protecting consumers, protecting the financial markets, and promoting competition. The FCA is a public body under the purview of the Treasury and Parliament.

A copy of the Success For Tenants entry on the FCA ‘naughty list’ can be read here. It notes the business as being registered to Dunkerley’s home address in Failsworth, notionally part of the Oldham Metropolitan Borough but located at a M35 postcode.

The FCA say:  “We believe this firm may be providing financial services or products in the UK without our authorisation. Find out why you should be wary of dealing with this unauthorised firm and how to protect yourself.

“Almost all firms and individuals offering, promoting or selling financial services or products in the UK have to be authorised or registered by us.

“This firm is not authorised by us and is targeting people in the UK. You will not have access to the Financial Ombudsman Service or be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), so you are unlikely to get your money back if things go wrong”.

Garry Dunkerley was listed at Companies House as the sole Director of Success for Tenants Ltd before the company was struck off their Register in January, 2022 (read the entry here). It was formed in September, 2020 a few months after ‘Duggy Dunk’ had completed a six year jail sentence over a grotesque series of at least fifty burglaries that targeted the elderly and vulnerable. One victim was 100 years old (read more here).

Dunkerley shows no remorse, tries to trivialise the seriousness of the offending on social media and refuses to answer questions over whether he, and his fellow burglary gang  members, have made recompense to those who were robbed by them.

Success for Tenants appears to still trade although it was struck off at Companies House: Its website and Facebook pages are still functioning – and there are regular posts on the latter, one as recently as 17th, May 2022.

The website makes the incredible claim that they are ‘#1 in Disrepair Claims Company in Manchester, Yorkshire, Birmingham, The West Midlands & The North West’. It goes on to say: ‘Our team have over 25 years experience in tenancy claims so we are the most experienced in the Manchester area so you’re in good, safe hands with Success For Tenants’.

Apart from Garry Dunkerley, no other team members are identified, apart from his second wife, Joanne Dunkerley. Neither of whom are known to have previous careers in either property surveying, tenancy disputes or financial services.

It is fair to say that all their advertising and promotional material is long on hyperbole and short on facts and testimony.

Apart from the ‘previous’ for burglary which, naturally, gives rise to concerns over exposure of elderly or vulnerable people to Garry Dunkerley entering their homes or knowing their address, his behaviour on social media, using a variety of anonymous stalking and trolling accounts, apart from his main ‘Duggy Dunk’ handle, is as much, if not more, troubling.

Operating, it seems, almost around the clock, which begs the question of how much of his time is allocated to Success For Tenants, he makes the most outrageous, damaging and palpably false allegations against a number of public figures. Including, to a significant degree, the author of this piece, Neil Wilby. Often in concert with another notorious Failsworth criminal, Stephen Walsh. Both are, presently, the subject of numerous reports to the police over their persistently harassing behaviour, and malicious communications, that frequently centre around their targets being falsely accused of being criminals, sex offenders, homosexuals, paedophile protectors, wife beaters or dangers to women.

Both Walsh and Dunkerley, widely regarded as racists and very much to the far right of the political spectrum, are closely aligned to the hyper-local Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) and the vicious smear campaign that saw a previous Council Leader in Oldham, who had been a councillor in Failsworth for nine years, lose his seat in May, 2021 (read more here). Sean Fielding remains a target of their vile abuse to this day, despite not being in public life for over a year and being forced to leave the town in which he was born and brought up.

Dunkerley is a family friend of the Wilkinsons, Kathleen and Mark, FIP Party Chair and the councillor who displaced Sean Fielding, respectively. Two other FIP leading lights, co-founder Joanne Potts and Cllr Sandra Ball are both Members of Failsworth First, the appalling social media cesspit from which both Dunkerley and Walsh propagate much of their malicious abuse. Mrs Potts and Cllr Ball, it must be said, both turn a blind eye; adding force to the widely held proposition that FIP tacitly approve of (and, in the case of Kathleen Wilkinson, enjoy) the reputations of their critics being trashed by grotesque lies and defamatory comments.

The Trading Standards Departments of Manchester City Council, Leeds City Council, Birmingham City Council and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council have all been approached for comment regarding the credentials, and ancillary activities, of those behind the latest Dunkerley business enterprise, as have the press offices of Greater Manchester Police, West Yorkshire Police and West Midlands Police.

Success For Tenants has been offered right of reply via the email address published by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Page last updated Sunday 29th May, 2022 at 1150hrs

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Published by Neil Wilby

Former Johnston Press area managing director. Justice campaigner. Freelance investigative journalist.

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