Lapland theme park brothers jailed for 13 months
The two brothers who masterminded the diabolical Lapland New Forest theme park in 2008 have been jailed for 13 months for misleading the public.
Visitors who paid £25 a ticket were met with a log cabins that were green-painted sheds, a ‘tunnel of light’ that was nothing more than some fairy lights hanging from a series of trees, a huddle of unhappy animals and a broken ice rink – a far cry from the ‘absolutely magical scene’ that was promised.
The brothers who ran the shambolic Lapland New Forest are 67-year-old Victor Mears and his little brother Henry, 60, and both are now behind bars. Perhaps the highlight of the whole sorry caper was the summing up of the judge as he passed sentence.
“You promised customers in your advertising an amazing snow-covered Lapland village which was - in your own wonderful words - 'Where dreams really do come true' and 'Where we have prided ourselves on attention to detail'.
You told consumers that it would light up those who most loved Christmas. You said you would go through the magical tunnel of light coming out in a winter wonderland. What you actually provided was something that looked like an averagely-managed summer car boot sale.
The failure of Lapland New Forest was caused by the unrelenting greed shown by you and your desire to squeeze every drop of profit rather than build and create the winter wonderland you promised thousands of consumers.
I have had the opportunity to observe you both during the trial, both in your attitude to this case and the volume of quite obvious lies told. In this case, I was unable to discern any remorse in your actions. You still seek to blame others for that which you failed to achieve.”
The Mears brothers have been banned from being company directors for five years. It is believed that they could have raked in as much as £1 million in advance ticket sales before their disgusting little venture was closed down.