Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Fife hoteliers accused of £740k tax fraud to be tried in new court

The Crusoe Hotel, Lower Largo.
The Crusoe Hotel, Lower Largo.

Fife hoteliers accused of tax fraud amounting to more than £740,000 are to stand trial in April.

Andrew Dykes, 63, and wife Lesley, 65, are accused of being concerned in fraudulent evasion of VAT at the popular Crusoe Hotel, in Lower Largo, and Dunnikier House Hotel, in Kirkcaldy.

They deny the charge against them and will be tried by a jury at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court from April 27.

Their case will be among the first to be heard in new courtrooms being built at Kirkcaldy Police Station, in St Brycedale Avenue.

Mr and Mrs Dykes, of Lower Largo, are accused of submitting returns to HM Revenue and Customs with false information and failing to submit required VAT returns at both hotels between August 2011 and July 2016.

They were charged following a raid by Customs and Excise officials in August 2016.

At a hearing before Sheriff James Williamson on Tuesday the couple maintained their not guilty pleas.

The court heard that their trial was expected to last seven days.

The 16-room Crusoe Hotel is a popular destination for tourists visiting Fife’s East Neuk with the hotel, which is set along the picturesque harbour front at Lower Largo and is famous for its links with Alexander Selkirk, who inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe.

Dunnikier House Hotel, now known as Oswald House Hotel, is no longer owned by the Dykes.

A £3.7 million project to create a two-court complex in Kirkcaldy has involved the creation of two new criminal courtrooms and a court custody unit at the police station.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service said the new courtrooms would improve efficiency and flexibility in managing day-to-day business and provide improved accommodation for court users, including victims, witnesses and jurors.

The new complex will also allow the entire building to become a single-site justice centre at a later stage.

The current justice of the peace court beside the police station will be put up for sale.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]