EXCLUSIVE – A fugitive or loving son?

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© Michael and Ann Clarke exclusive picture
MICHAEL CLARKE: With his mother Ann, who is in hospital in Spain.

Michael Clarke’s side of the story as told to John Smith.

NO matter whether you are a national daily newspaper or in our case a weekly, six-edition English language paper, the freedom of press comes with obligations which need to be recognised. 

Here at the Euro Weekly News, we published an article two weeks ago about an Englishman and his mother, Michael and Ann Clarke, where we gave some details of what we understood to be their story and asked readers to keep an eye open for them.

Within a few days of the publication of the article, we were contacted by Michael himself, who asked that he be given the opportunity to present his side of the case as he believed that he was being placed in an unfavourable light, and in his opinion he had been wronged by both his family and the process of English law.

This is where our responsibility to present the other side of the story comes in, and I met both Michael and his mother Ann (who unfortunately is currently in hospital in Spain), to hear exactly what he had to say and after spending several hours in his company, I do agree that his position should be made clear.

According to Michael, when the accident occurred in 1995, Ann spent a year in hospital and when she came out, she moved to a care home which she didn’t like so it was agreed between the family that she would stay in her own house. It was also agreed that she would pass it to her daughter who would take over the mortgage and in return would make a payment to her mother (which she allegedly  failed to make) and look after her, and that Michael would move in as well.

In a relatively short period of time, Michael decided to move out as he had been offered the tenancy of a pub, but within about 10 weeks his sister advised she couldn’t cope with Ann and she would have to go into a home. Neither Ann nor Michael wanted this and although the pub wasn’t really suitable for her needs, she moved in with him and he looked after her on an unpaid basis from 1996 until 2001.

During that time he left the pub and ran a student lodging house and rented a bungalow for himself and his mother. His sister moved in after a marital dispute and agreed that if he moved to Tenerife, she would look after Ann.

After a few weeks, Ann travelled to Tenerife on holiday and asked that she be allowed to stay with Michael to which he agreed and they stayed on the Island for two years.  This was all prior to any settlement and without any cash, except for the mother’s disability allowance on which they lived.

1995 was the year when Ann Clarke’s accident occurred

There was a problem with a credit card which I cannot go into detail about, but for a period of time the benefits allowance was suspended whilst an investigation took place and this caused significant financial stress on the pair, although it was eventually resolved and back payments were given to them.

At the same time, in the lawsuit there was a change of solicitor and the new solicitor suggested that the matter be settled out of court to which they reluctantly agreed, and a payment of £775,000 was made to the mother, with Michael acting officially on her behalf.

At the time of the settlement, Ann and Michael employed two clinical specialists to establish whether she was able to make her own decisions to which they declared she was. Despite this however the whole matter was sent to the Court of Protection and a solicitor was appointed to look after her affairs and manage her funds.

In 2001 they moved to Blackpool. According to Michael, and I have not seen documentary evidence of this, (although I don’t doubt that this is his absolute belief),  the solicitor was supposed to charge around £2,000 annually to manage this matter, but in the first year released just £10,400 to Ann, whilst charging £26,377 for his services, with a further £14,000 charged the second year.

This carried on for two years before Michael found this out, and after they a made a formal complaint their allowance was increased. Michael set up a club by 2003, which was successful. All was well until the recession in 2008, when the club suffered setbacks and they decided to immigrate to Spain.

At that time, in 2008, they had been trying to sell the property in Blackpool, without success as the recession had set in and Michael has been accused of acting improperly by his sister which he completely denied. Whilst living in Spain, Ann tried to exchange her UK property for a Spanish villa, which Michael has accused the deputy solicitor of prevaricating resulting in the loss of two properties.

In addition, because so much money has been held in sterling rather than a euro account which they had requested, there was a significant exchange rate loss. In short, they allege that the Court of Protection had overcharged Ann an estimated £150,000, and facilitated an exchange rate loss by not providing a euro account of £100,000, meaning Ann was out of pocket by a total of £250,000.

From 2009 to 2013 Michael had written to all known complaint bodies to try and draw attention to this, but all to no avail. The advice received was to serve on the solicitors a Commercial Lien that basically is a statement of truth sworn on oath before a notary. 

He insists he would return to the UK to have the whole matter aired in front of a court provided there is a jury which will make the decision with regards to his guilt, and he advised me he has been given an undertaking by the court, (which has no right of extradition from Spain) that if he returns to the UK to apologise, and if his mother returns and surrenders her passport then ‘all will be forgiven’. 

That begs the question of why Ann should give up her passport, what happens about the alleged losses, does Michael have a ‘record’ and will he be chased for court fees?

It is up to each and every one of our EWN readers to make their own conclusion on this situation, but as the writer of both stories I do believe that neither the local press nor the general public should play judge and jury in this matter. 

What is crucial to remember is the whole point of the initial story was to try to ensure the protection and welfare of Ann Clarke, who I have now seen for myself and do believe without question she is more than happy to be here in Spain with her loving son Michael.

What do you, our readers think? Is this a case of a fugitive on the run or simply a loving, doting son doing the best he can for his mother?

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I have read the Daily Mail article and also Michael & Ann’s website. It is clear the Master of the Court of Protection Denzil Lush appointed his deputy Hugh Jones a professional probate practitioner to control Ann’s money. I also understand Master Denzil Lush has un-fettered power and does not account for his deputy. Research shows that Denzil Lush is a probate solicitor himself and also Patron of a national network of probate solicitors. Solicitors for the Elderly. Ann has her Last Will at the top of their website OPG.ME I can only suggest everyone they read this Last Will and makes a contrary intention to part 24 under the 1837 Wills Act and appoint your own Executor if in old age you cannot manage your own affairs otherwise the court of protection could take over your life as well. Do not prepare an LPA, Lasting Power of Attorney as this is consent when you have capacity to Denzil Lush’s National Network of Professional Probate Maggots who operate under a secret court behind closed doors. Everything secret becomes corrupt.

  2. with my experience I believe the latter comment being in
    similiar position in reverse.
    Families in uk are an absolute PAIN and government
    i to had money stopped- they decided what i needed to live on without asking me to tell them and they put me on subsistence money- I fought back myself and got it sorted. I only had one solicitor I could trust so I won’t use any- I do things myself
    kay

  3. I have known Ann and Mike for a long time he has only done his very best for his mum.before and after the money.he only has her best interest at heart.given the choice of being stuck in a care home.or being in a sunny warm climate.i know which i would prefer.also keep up the fight Mike and Ann i hope you are well soon

  4. I know of Mike and Ann and the details of their case. Like Ann I fell victim to the negligence of the NHS, only in my case l worked for them. I was unable following my ” Industrial Accident”, to obtain my pension rights or money to assist for aids with my disabilities / limited mobility. Because also like Ann , I was targeted for further abuse involving the courts / solicitors , and in fact the property that l was able to buy ( bearing in mind I recieved nothing to compensate my being eft unable to ever work again) , was engineered to steal properties / land , from me. I am talking property / land as in MILLIONS OF POUNDS. Also like Mike and Ann , l have involved the various complaints bodies and my MP, for that to cost ratepayers a staggering FOUR MILLION POUNDS in aversion tactics. My case tags the same timelines and the orcastrations of the ebb and flow of the fraud , including the massive involvement of Land Registry. Meant to be a Public Body , they lost access to their own ELECTRONIC DATA in 1994 and have been back peddling ever since, so much do that now the LAND REGISTRATION ACT 2002 ” allows ” ALTERED COPY DOCUMENTS , even in cases where the LAWFUL OWNER HAS CORRECT ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. Land Registry’s indemnity is ” PROTECTED” , by the allowance to ” STILL” rely on the altered copy.

  5. Anyone in doubt of the massive complicated frauds in play , involving LAND REGISTRY, need only go to the website of THE ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTHORITY in their archive section and read their Adjudication of LR’s Literature that had been engineered to be sent to 50% of PROPERTY / LANDOWNERS IN ENGLAND & WALES, that was ruled as misleading the public and exposes the truth that Land Registry do not need to tell owners , or buyers about ” over-riding interests”. I have been written to by Jonathan Smithers of The Law Society and his stating that The Law Society is well aware of the methodology of the fraud behind the open register at Land Registry ( for the years 1990 – 2009). BBC Radio 4 exposed the open register in March / April 2009. Only then were ” different addresses for service” challenged, where before none were challenged , which promoted such frauds , that there was need in 2007-2009 for the Government to pump THIRTY-FIVE MILLION POUNDS into Land Registry.

  6. I am Saddened and dismayed at the hounding down and harrasment of Anne and Mike Clark, who I have known personally for many years. Mostly it would seem because the government want to handle Annes estate on the misinformation of her not being capable of doing it herself, and trying to paint a very dark picture of Mike not having his Mothers best interests to the forefront of his actions.
    Anne at the moment is in hospital again and if it wasn’t for Michael being there with her here in Spain, carefully watching over her medication and treatment I wonder how well she would be faring left to the sad stories and treatments we all hear about from the incompetence of our N.H.S in England.
    Just for the record I have never known Mike to ever put his Mother in second position in anything he does, I am proud to know this educated and caring man, so in answer to fugitive or caring son……Stop hounding down a son who maybe in the last years of his Mothers life is taking much better care of her than taking her back to England, to have her passport removed making her a prisoner of her own country, and subjected to the very limited N.H.S care given to the elderly.
    You decide which would you rather have, god willing, we will all have someone like Mike to care as much for us in our final years, with only our best interests at heart Respect to you Micheal Clark

  7. BARNET COUNCIL/HOMES staff made a fraudulent application into COP 12610636 (judges c hilder/elizabeth batten) to steal all my assets & have me now tortured/starving without food/drinks/no post/my identity stolen/isolated/held UK prisoners/destroying health & our family unit, doing all this for profits by the murder/thefts from us, our mum dead murdered by them. BOLT BURDON Solicitors michael robert culver involved with council mathew kendall/dyan greer, etc in these crimes. i am nothing to do with mental health & have not been allowed a GP/medicines in over a decade, the same as they did to our mum, who they starved down to 3st, repeating same to myself.

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