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Steve Hoskins runs Mobility World Southport with wife Jennie and daughter Sophie

SECOND CHANCE OR NO CHANCE? The hiring of twice convicted fraudster Paul Frossell by retailer Mobility World Southport sparked controversy amongst local residents and led many retailers to consider whether second chances can be permitted in the industry.

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riginally jailed in 2013 after conning an elderly couple he had sold a mobility scooter to out of almost £5000, Paul Frossell went on to work for Mobility World Southport before leaving to set up his own company in 2015. By early 2016 however, he was discovered trying to again con an elderly individual. Speaking to Steve Hoskins, Managing Director of Mobility World Southport, he told THIIS: “He worked for us a couple of years ago as a Sales Advisor and subsequently left our employ to set up his own business which he called Scooter Man Paul.”

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Operating as Scooter Man Paul, Frossell was buying used scooters from eBay and then selling them on to ex-Mobility World customers whose details he had recorded during his time with Mobility World Southport. “Paul would cold call people, asking if they were ready to get rid of then

new scooter they had purchased from us and if they wanted to buy a different one from himself,” added Steve. Frossell was discovered trying to con an elderly customer who had purchased a mobility scooter from Mobility World Southport in April 2015 for almost £3,000.

“We had hoped we could teach him the correct way to operate in the industry, especially as he has knowledge of the scooters and how to repair them.” STEVE HOSKINS

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