The OFT bans an Estate Agent

The order follows a hearing on 1 May 2008, at Lincoln Crown Court, where Simon Bews was sentenced to 42 months imprisonment for a serious offence involving violence.

Mr Bews was a director of Winkworth Estate Agents offices in Sleaford, Lincoln and Bourne.

Mike Haley, OFT Director of Consumer Protection Group, said:'Estate agents who have been convicted of offences of violence are likely to be banned by the OFT. Whilst this offence was not committed during the course of estate agency work, the OFT will act robustly to protect the interests and safety of consumers.'