Fraudster’s £1.2m mansion disguised as shed being converted into family home

A fraudster who hid his £1.2million valued mansion by disguising it as a farm shed to hide his fortune will see the property become a luxury home.

Alan Yeomans, 67, had his property earmarked for demolition but the home will instead be developed into a family home.

It will make a major change for the six-bedroomed Shedley Manor in Derbyshire, which Alan was living in when he declared himself bankrupt and claimed to be living in a shed.

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Said shed was claimed to be in the back of the 67-year-old's mother's garden, and had just £300 worth of furniture in it, and Alan had just £30 in his pocket.

A police raid soon followed and found a £10,000 Rolex watch and £83,250 worth of oil paintings along with some cannabis plants, designer shoes and a secret room hidden behind one painting.

Another building nearby in Ashbourne was being used as part of a cannabis factory also.

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Yeomans received a six-and-a-half year jail sentence in 2016 for a string of offences including fraud, money laundering and producing cannabis.

Now, Derbyshire Dales District Council are set to renovate the property after receiving permission, with green cladding currently on the home set to be removed in a building overhaul.

Architect Matthew Montague said: "It was built to look, from the outside, like a non-descript corrugated green agricultural barn but it was far from that and in reality there was luxury hidden within.

"Quite a considerable amount of work is now needed, both inside and out, to make it into a house but permission has been granted so the owners can get on with it. It will look very, very different."

Glen Wicks of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills went on to say the home had a very "intricate, sophisticated set-up".

Derby Crown Court previously heard the home was built in 2002 in his mother's back garden and without planning permission, with judge Nirmal Shant branding Yeomans as a "liar, a money launderer and someone involved in the production of drugs."

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