Belfast Telegraph

Concerns over wound up bus firm

By Claire McNeilly

Concerns have been raised about a company which is being wound up while owing community groups in Northern Ireland thousands of pounds.

The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has advised organisations not to have dealings with National Task Force (NTF). NTF was offering to provide minibuses to charities or community groups with a deposit of nearly £5,000, but NICVA has claimed no orders were placed with minibus suppliers.

NICVA’s Neil Irwin said as many as 16 community groups across the UK paid NTF, run by Mark Townley.

“The company’s website has now been taken down as the business is in the process of being wound up,” Mr Irwin said. “We believe that at least six organisations in Northern Ireland have been affected by the scheme, which has been in operation since April 2009. NICVA is appealing for anyone who has handed money over to NTF to contact us.”

Belfast-based NTF has notified stakeholders that it ceased trading on August 5. Mr Townley was not available for comment yesterday.

A PSNI spokesman said police were working to establish if any offence had taken place.

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