Midlands Superbikes owner found dead

Coastguards recover the body of Roger Constable at the Beachy Head cliffs

THE owner of the collapsed Midland Superbikes dealer embroiled in a fraud investigation has been found dead at the foot of the Beachy Head cliffs, East Sussex.

Roger Constable, 56, was being investigated by the Leicester police under allegations of fraud and theft relating to 62 motorcycles from the dealership in Market Harbough.

Sussex police identified the body and in a statement said: “The body of a man found at the foot of cliffs at Beachy Head on April 19 has been confirmed as Roger Constable. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Midland Superbikes went into administration in October last year, of which Mr Constable was the sole director. The company was said to have amassed debts of £500,000, including £55,000 in unpaid tax and VAT, after it ceased trading.

Police began an investigation into several allegations of theft and fraud after customers came forward to say they that the dealer owed them several thousands of pounds.

The issue started after the owners of bikes in for repairs or in the showroom as part of a sold-or-return deal had later discovered from administrators that they had been sold, without the customers receiving any payments.

Leicestershire police will continue their investigations into the business despite Constable's death.