A WORCESTER butchers that closed suddenly owes more than £1.5 million to firms across the country and internationally, the Worcester News can reveal.

A spokesman for one of the firms, owed more than £90,000 by D&M Meats, has spoken of the frustration and anger adding it was not expecting to see a penny recouped of the losses.

D&M Meats shut its doors earlier this month with a sign on the door of the business premises, in Venture Business Park, put up saying: "Regrettably D&M Meats Ltd has now gone into administration".

This paper has now seen a creditors list revealing the extent of the company's troubles. The list, which says it is correct up to January 12, says the butchers owed £1,628,190.17 to a total of 60 firms.

HenHouse Wholesale Ltd is listed as one of the creditors owed £97,828. A spokesman for the Preston-based firm told us staff recently made the 260 mile round trip to Worcester to see if they could recoup losses.

The spokesman said: "We went because we were told there was product there that had been left, but there was nothing there (of quality).

"Our stock had all gone. It was a completely wasted trip, we would have been better to have stayed and traded.

"I've seen (D&M Meats) owes something like £1.7 million, I just want to know what happened to the firm to owe that amount. I'd be interested to know what happened before Christmas, but obviously we may never know now.

"I feel frustrated to be honest, I can't get over that. Creditors won't get anything I suspect."

Worcester News:

The highest amounts listed includes £104,968 owed to South Pacific Meats Ltd in Teddington, Tulling Meat Import in Rotterdam in the Netherlands which is owed £95,000, and Hewitt Meats of Loughgall, Northern Ireland, owed £93,687.

Firms in Worcestershire are also out of pocket - the list says Crown House Developments of Blackpole East is owed more than £26,000 and Clearaway of Droitwich and Bennetts Farm of Lower Wick both owed more than £600.

A reporter previously visited the shop, at the business park in Weir Lane, but found it deserted and completely closed to the public.

The butcher's website, dandmmeats.co.uk, has been taken down displaying a message: "Maintenance Mode - This site is currently under going scheduled maintenance. Please check back soon."

The firm's Facebook page has also been taken offline.


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This paper has repeatedly contacted insolvency firm Sale Smith & Co - a number for which was left with the note on the door - but had no response.

It remains unclear how many staff face redundancy.

One employee spoke out on social media sharing that they had only learned of the shock news after turning up for work and seeing the note.