Millionaire, 70, jailed after refusing to tear down ‘Britain’s finest man cave’

Graham Wildin was jailed for refusing to pull down his huge man cave
Graham Wildin is waking up behind bars after an eight-year battle over his large man cave
(Image: SWNS)

A millionaire accountant has been jailed for ignoring a court docket order to tear down ‘Britain’s finest man cave’ after a marathon battle with the council.

Grandfather-of-five Graham Wildin, 70, is waking up behind bars this weekend after an eight-year combat over his residence sport and leisure complicated, which features a bowling alley, mini-casino, squash court docket and cinema.

He was informed he was being locked up for six weeks after choose Jarman QC dominated Wildin’s angle confirmed he had been decided to not adjust to repeated orders from the Forest of Dean District Council all through the planning case over the hulking development on the accountant’s residence in Cinderford, Gloucestershire.

Deputy council chief Paul Hiett mentioned: ‘The enforcement case in opposition to Mr Wildin has been an extended and sophisticated street.

‘In what ought to have been a very avoidable state of affairs, Mr Wildin has regularly ignored planning legislation and insurance policies which are there to guard native communities.

‘The legislation is the legislation and we received’t quit pursuing Mr Wildin and guaranteeing that he complies with the laws in precisely the identical manner as everybody else… to guard native communities from behaviour like we’ve seen on this case, we are going to proceed to pursue people who ignore planning coverage utilizing the routes set out in legislation.’

Wildin was led away by court docket safety guards wheeling a small suitcase and put in a jail van exterior Cardiff Excessive Courtroom on Friday.

His jailing won’t finish the saga because the choose informed Wildin he has 18 weeks to adjust to the dismantling order when he comes out of jail.

The choose didn’t settle for the accountant’s claims he had achieved a lot of the clearance work on his cavernous man cave, however couldn’t afford to pay staff to complete it or bodily full it alone. 

Graham Wildin’s huge man cave from above
Wildin’s cavernous leisure complicated from above (Image: Icebox Media / SWNS)

Graham Wildin was jailed for refusing to pull down his huge man cave
The accountant has 18 weeks to dismantle what has been dubbed ‘Britain’s finest man cave’ as soon as he finishes his jail sentence (Image: SWNS)

Graham Wildin bowling in his man cave
Wildin claims he can’t afford staff to tear down the development, or bodily do it himself
(Image: SWNS)

Graham Wildin’s home gym
The grandfather-of-five has a house fitness center and squash court docket on the complicated in his backyard
(Image: David Hedges / SWNS)

Graham Wildin in his man cave cinema
Wildin within the luxurious cinema room he’s been ordered to destroy (Image: SWNS)

He additionally refused to adjourn the case for 2 months after Wildin mentioned he wanted extra time to rent a solicitor and declare authorized assist.

The millionaire, whose complicated has been dubbed ‘Britain’s finest man cave’, constructed it in 2014 and was given two years to take away it in 2018.

Wars together with his neighbours over the works have included Wildin shifting his basic automotive assortment onto the road in March, inflicting ‘parking chaos’ for locals.

Additionally it is alleged he purchased neighbouring land and property for his household and transferred possession to different relations in an try to dam any strikes by the council to have his luxurious sanctuary forcibly eliminated.

Planning inspectors and courts have all agreed through the years the huge man cave was constructed with out permission and given varied deadlines for alterations and its elimination.

A June 2021 order gave Wildin 18 weeks to chop off its water, electrical energy and gasoline and take away all fixtures, fittings and furnishings from contained in the constructing. 

On Friday, the court docket heard when enforcement officer Stephen Colgate visited the property on August 11 with two police neighborhood assist officers they discovered lights on, faucets working, bathrooms flushing and the noise of a gasoline boiler working. 

The on line casino and bar had been eliminated however most of labor that wanted to be achieved to adjust to the court docket order was not completed.

Sentencing Wildin to 6 weeks behind bars, the choose awarded £10,000 prices to the council and informed the accountant to render the constructing unusable when he comes out of jail or face being introduced again earlier than court docket, when he may once more face extra jail time.


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