Sheffield hen party loses almost £6000 after holiday villa ‘scam’

Olivia Harrison with her fiance Rikki Parsisson.
Olivia Harrison with her fiance Rikki Parsisson.
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A bride-to-be has been left devastated after a holiday company went bust - leaving her hen party of 25 Sheffield women £6,000 out of pocket and with nowhere to stay.

Heartbroken Olivia Harrison, aged 27, said she burst into tears after receiving an email informing her the accommodation in Marbella in Spain had been cancelled.

Olivia Harrison, right, with her bridesmaid Georgia Lowe

Olivia Harrison, right, with her bridesmaid Georgia Lowe

The furious women, all from Sheffield, paid out £5,750 for a three-night stay at a luxury villa and now believe they have fallen victim to a ‘scam’.

Holiday company Rainbow Villas has collapsed and is being investigated by Spanish police amid allegations British husband and wife Mark and Michelle Stafford scammed hen and stag parties by taking payments for properties they did not own.

Olivia, from Gleadless, said:“We have been planning this for a year, and we’d almost paid the money off.

“They let me transfer £450 just a few days ago and didn’t say anything and I’ve had no other contact apart from the email.”

Olivia Harrison and her fiance Rikki Parsisson

Olivia Harrison and her fiance Rikki Parsisson

Olivia discovered Villa Peru where she was supposed to be staying had been ‘quadruple booked’ after joining a Facebook group set up by other victims.

She said: “It was a scam. There were three hens parties and one stag party supposed to be at the same villa, it’s just the sheer cheek of it.” Now the women have had to fork out more money on alternative accommodation for the trip.

Olivia said: “I’m angry to put it lightly – but I’m not going to let them stop us having fun.

“A friend has a villa that 12 of us can stay in and is putting us up for free but the other 13 have had to find somewhere else.

“We won’t all be together and it was going to be a luxury holiday but it won’t be like that now.”

The group are due to fly to Marbella next week and Olivia is due to marry her partner Rikki Parsisson on July 17.

She said: “They advertised specifically for hen parties – I can’t understand how they could do this to somebody.”

The women are yet to receive a refund and are do not know whether they will get any money back.

A website has now been set up to collect information from victims in a bid to recover the money lost by the company.

Villa Peru. Olivia Harrison hen party lost almost �6,000 when Rainbow Villas collapsed, were suposed to be staing in Villa Peru.

Villa Peru. Olivia Harrison hen party lost almost �6,000 when Rainbow Villas collapsed, were suposed to be staing in Villa Peru.