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    • Hi All Sadly I don't feel like an expert yet, but I should be!!! I will certainly post everything - original Parking Charge letter etc and answer as many questions as we can, when my son gets back from the weekend.  In the meantime I will upload the Debt Recovery Plus Letter - we have received a couple of these.    Debt Recovery SS.pdf
    • Yes Thanks a lot. So far no agency or police has contacted me. I have also been shopping honestly with the help of a psychologist. Thank you all for your advice and comfort in this post, which helped me get through the darkest times.  
    • Who is the insurance company?  They sound terrible.     Whilst I can understand that asking if he had any alternative cover* that would be more suitable in the circumstances might be a reasonable question, I can't for the life of me see what business it is of there's to ask why he cancelled his previous contents insurance or whether or not he's recently had an operation.   I presume that when he bought the insurance and they took his money they weren't interested in why he'd cancelled his previous insurance or whether he'd recently spent any time in hospital, so why would they need to know now?   I'd be inclined to write back to them and say you've supplied all the information necessary to make a claim and that if they don't pay up you'll be making a formal complaint and will take it to the ombudsman if necessary.  But before doing so, wait to see what others suggest.   *When they asked him if he had any alternative insurance cover he should simply have told them that he didn't - which would have been true.  But by volunteering too much information he may have unintentionally made the circumstances look "suspicious" to the insurance company.
    • My son's bike was stolen on a trip to London.  He had locked it for 12 hours to a bike rack, using an approved lock and through the frame.  Bike rack is covered by two sets of CCTV. The bike insurance was taken out two weeks ago. The insurance company are being extremely difficult because the theft has happened within two weeks of taking out the policy. They asked my son if he had any insurance that would cover it and he said he didn't but had had home contents insurance back until January which he cancelled due to having an operation.   The insurance company are trying to imply that he was neglectful or couldn't afford that insurance, cancelled it, and took out cheaper insurance for his bike. They have asked for proof of his operation. The operation took place in February.  The first insurance was cancelled in March. The new bike insurance was paid for in early May and covered the bike from the date it was paid for. The trip to Glasgow was booked in April, my son stayed at a hotel booked in April, researched for "secure" places to lock bikes (with CCTV), emailed hotels asking if they had secure places for bikes. The bike was insured during my son's stay in London.   The insurance told my son that if he didn't provide proof of his operation back in February (three months before the bike theft and three months before the new cycle insurance was purchased) they would refuse the claim.   They have also said that they believe he cancelled his home insurance because he "couldn't afford it" and bought cheaper insurance to cover the bike.   However he has never said this.  He travelled to London and stayed in a fairly expensive hotel for 1 night which would disprove that hypothesis.   The insurance company keep ringing him up and saying they are recording the call.  I suspect they are fishing for things he will say during the telephone conversation for them to go away and analyse and refuse the claim.   I am feeling very upset by this situation.  My son loved his bike, he had it for 7 years and because of his illness he can't get a driving licence so it's his only form of transport and helps greatly with his condition (managing long term mental health by going for relaxing bike rides).  I understand that the policy is very early in its inception (purchased less than 3 weeks ago) but the bike is still covered.   Any tips or advice, please?
    • Dx I won't be leaving it till the last minute for the OH, she wouldn't let me for a starter.  I'll get on reading further.
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