A BUSINESSMAN is trying to get his ‘interfering’ 75-year-old mother sent to jail in a bitter feud over the family’s £10million camping empire.
Michael Loveridge, 50, is fighting his parents for control of a ‘highly profitable and cash rich’ chain of park home sites and a caravan sales business.
Earlier this year, he won a High Court order granting him control of the companies he said he spent the past 20 years building up from ‘modest’ beginnings. His mother Ivy and father Alldey, 78, were told that if they ‘interfered’ they would face jail.
Now Mr Loveridge’s parents have taken their son to the Court of Appeal, claiming they have been unfairly ‘ousted’ and are being ‘wrongfully kept out of control’ of the businesses, which ‘represent their life work’.
The court heard the Loveridges run a number of sites in Worcestershire, including the Riverside Caravan Park, where Ivy and Alldey live. They also own Bewdley Caravan Sales, Kingsford Caravan Park, Breton Park Residential Homes and Quatford Park Homes.
The son’s lawyer, Brian Averill, told the court in a preliminary hearing that relations between parents and son are so bad his client is bringing an application to have his mother locked up for contempt of court for breaching the order. ‘Michael, with tremendous misgiving and great upset, is applying to commit his mother to prison, but he doesn’t know what else to do,’ he said. ‘Ivy and Alldey are so far anti-Michael they would do anything to destroy him.’
The son says his work has set up not only his parents but his siblings for life.
Lance Ashworth QC, for the parents, denied the claims. Ruling that the full hearing of Ivy and Alldey’s appeals against the orders should be heard as quickly as possible, Lady Justice Carr said: ‘This is an increasingly bitter family dispute.’