Judy Murray wades in to defend son Andy in hotel eviction row


judy murray defends son andy over hotel eviction row

Andy Murray's mum Judy has defended her tennis star son over a row involving residents being evicted from their homes near his new five-star hotel in Scotland.

Three families were reportedly ordered by their landlords to leave their cottages within weeks.

According to the Daily Record, their homes at The Square are to house staff working at the Cromlix Hotel, near Dunblane.

But Judy Murray says her son has done nothing wrong and that he did not know they had been evicted.

Speaking to The Scotsman, she said: "I feel this has been manufactured into a story and Andy has been dragged into this when he has no knowledge of any of this.

judy murray says andy did not know about hotel evictions for cromlix hotel

"The facts are I agreed to buy the houses in The Square with vacant possession and, with the short-term leases, it was thought there would be no problem.

"The tenants have always known the situation and I understand that accommodation for them will be found.

"It makes a great story to portray Andy as some kind of wicked owner throwing people out on to the street. But there is one problem with that: it is not true."

One of the families who live in The Square, Laura Campbell, her partner Grant Skinner and their children Leah, two, and Kieran, seven months, told The Times: "We are completely distraught . . . I have never felt like that in my life. We had been told we were safe, that is what upset me the most."

The Murray family bought the Victorian mansion for £1.8 million last year with plans to open a five-star hotel with a restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux.

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