No police charges over hotel flit

Elvis Impersonator and hotel owner David Elliott, from Rotherham.
Elvis Impersonator and hotel owner David Elliott, from Rotherham.

Police have cleared a hotel manager of any wrongdoing after he abandoned his venue leaving wedding couples scrambling to find somewhere else to stage their receptions.

Elvis impersonator and hotelier David Elliott, and his wife Dyan suddenly left the Sandygate Hotel in Wath last July when the venue was due to play host to a string of upcoming weddings.

Around 50 brides were left in limbo by the move as they had paid deposits for receptions and had to make alternative arrangements at short notice.

But South Yorkshire Police have this week revealed that its investigation had concluded and that no criminal activity had taken place.

A force spokesman said: “The investigation was completed, and concluded that no criminal activity could be found. No arrests or charges were made.”

But one former bride says she is still out of pocket.

Rebecca Dobson, 32, of Lawrence Drive, Swinton, renewed her vows with husband Andre last summer and said they had paid around £2,000 to have their reception at the Sandygate.

Doncaster Racecourse stepped in to offer them a venue, but the mum-of-two, now separated, told the Times how she has still not had her money back.

She said: “We gave all the police the evidence they asked for.

“I’m sure they investigated it thoroughly and if there was something there they would have acted. But I’m still gutted that I haven’t had the money back.”

A spokesman for Trust Inns, which owns the hotel, would not answer the Times’ questions and said the company did not want to comment further.

Mr Elliott has previously denied any wrongdoing and said that the couple left when the venue ran into financial difficulty and bailiffs arrived.

He could not be contacted this week.