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'No action' after Torquay's 'The Hotel' manager seen picking park flowers

By Herald Express  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

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TORBAY Council has said it is not taking any further action after a member of the public urged that Mark Jenkins (pictured), former manager of The Grosvenor Hotel, should be reported to the police.

The complaint was sparked after he was filmed removing flowers from a council-managed garden in an episode of Channel 4's The Hotel.

Regular visitor Donald Bird wrote to council complaining: "Being a regular visitor to Torquay from South Yorkshire, I was appalled to witness on TV the manager (Mark Jenkins) of The Grosvenor Hotel in Belgrave Road, picking flowers from Torre Abbey Park for a redecorated bedroom at the hotel and commenting 'these flowers are courtesy of the park."

"I have recorded the programme. I trust that this matter will now be reported to the Torquay police for appropriate action."

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A Torbay Council spokesman said: "We are aware of this issue and are disappointed Mr Jenkins chose to gain publicity from his actions.

"For this reason, we did not feel it was in the public's interest to generate any further publicity by taking any action against him.

"The council works alongside TOR2 to keep the flower beds around the Bay looking their best and we would once again reiterate that members of the public are not allowed to pick them."

The Grosvenor was sold to Grand Hotel boss Keith Richardson last year and extensive refurbishments have taken place.

Grant Thornton were appointed administrators of Torquay-based Riviera Hotels LLP, the limited liability partnership set up by Mr Jenkins in 2011.

It was formed after the voluntary liquidation of Inglewood Hotel Limited, which used to own all three businesses, was placed into creditors voluntary liquidation owing £900,000.

The Kistor and Inglewood hotels still to find a buyer.

Mr Jenkins could not be contacted over the complaint.

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16 comments

  • stephenking  |  February 25 2013, 1:16PM

    Why then whilst he's at it doesn't he dump all the trash from this '******' hotel in the park, nip down to the local allotments and collect the weeks supply of fruit and veg, stick two fingers up to the park inspector (nice chap from Poland)...have another hissing fit blaming everyone but himself , park for two days on a double yellow and refuse to pay the fine?... because all this publicity is after all really good for Torbay's' image!...........right enough said I;m off to the local park to get a lovely bunch for my dear old ma...she loves daffs! .

  • EdnaFruitcake  |  February 05 2013, 11:36PM

    He is a bit wooly brained is that mark jenkins still if the wooly hat fits as they say.

  • Tony248  |  February 04 2013, 12:44PM

    It seems to me that the only one courting publicity is Mr. Donald Bird.

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  • SouthbaySales  |  February 04 2013, 11:05AM

    They should Buy him Flowers the amount of Publicity he will bring to the Bay!

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  • DevonJanner  |  February 03 2013, 9:51AM

    I find the whole programme weak and wishy washy,scratching around for a story line ,certainly does nothing for Torbay ,mind you it`s nice to see our foreign friends enjoying grosvenor hopitality,fish`n `chips live music and a national anthem to boot.Still Mark has had an invitation to go to London by a very rich customer,talk about taking coals to Newcastle.

  • robocop1982  |  February 02 2013, 5:39PM

    with all the stuff going on in the world right now and somebody is appalled by a person picking flowers. IT makes you wonder what kind of mentality people like that have. if he picked the entire flower bed it would not matter. do gooders bug me

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  • Jungle_Jim  |  February 02 2013, 12:41PM

    Sid Be that as it may, he's still got you bang to rights

  • tremarco  |  February 01 2013, 10:20PM

    is liam bennett still picking helicopters as well

  • SidneyNuff  |  February 01 2013, 7:58PM

    David, I know in your little world you would ban everyone who had a different opinion to you, but your little world is getting smaller and more pathetic every day.

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  • Dave_David  |  February 01 2013, 6:36PM

    I say it is "total madness" to allow SidneyNuff to still allow comment on this site, they must be a mate of Jim Parker.

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