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A letter from the Ryland Vehicle Group to me dated 26/11/1985.

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your letters of the 12th and 22nd November, 1985. Having researched the situation I regret that Ryland are unable to be of assistance to you since the disputed purchase of the 'Andrews property' took place some years before our purchase of the Neville Johnston group.
Our subsidiary Neville Johnston is now involved in a complex legal action in which I understand, your brother's interests are being represented by the official solicitor.

I am sure you must understand that in view of probable legal action, I cannot comment further except to say that it would appear that your brother's interests are now being vigorously pursued.

I would point out whilst writing that picketing the showrooms merely threatens the livelihood of those employed there and is unlikely to influence the process of law.

Yours faithfully,


[Andrews & Co owned no property at Smithfield. My father Fred Andrews gave all his property to my mentally handicapped brother.
The late Charles Gilpin was a main shareholder in Neville Johnston.]