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Former England footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock's wife Leah lashes out when debt collectors show up at their Kingsnorth home in Ashford

By Samantha Williams

Former footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock was seen getting into hot water over an unpaid kennel bill on a TV programme shown last night.

Mr Ruddock, of Kingsnorth, was filmed being paid a visit by Ashford sheriff Paul Bohill and his partner to enforce a writ for the debt to the business which cared for his dogs.

On arrival, however, the High Court enforcement agents were met by Mr Ruddock’s glamour model wife, Leah, who was seen throwing water at them and shouting: “Get off my property.”

The former footballer asked the sheriffs 'do you know who I am?' - picture courtesy Channel 5
The former footballer asked the sheriffs 'do you know who I am?' - picture courtesy Channel 5

The mum-of-two also swore at the pair and told Mr Bohill: "I hope you have a heart attack."

The front garden altercation was caught on camera as the agents were being followed by a film crew from Channel 5 for an episode of the Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! programme.

Speaking to the Kentish Express this week, Mr Bohill said: “It was a straightforward job. It was a relatively small debt.

Mrs Ruddock tried to get the agents to leave by throwing water at them
Mrs Ruddock tried to get the agents to leave by throwing water at them

“It wouldn’t even be a story if it wasn’t for his wife’s reaction. She went completely over the top. She told us we were trespassing, even though we had a writ signed by a judge.

“I think she took offence to the film crew but you don’t expect to find that attitude on a respectable estate in Ashford."

"I think she took offence to the film crew but you don’t expect to find that attitude on a respectable estate in Ashford." - Paul Bohill

Mr Ruddock then arrived home and agreed to speak to the two agents.

Mr Bohill adds: “Ruddock’s opening gambit was ‘Do you know who I am?’ I told him I did because I had his name written down.”

The former Celebrity Big Brother star and ex-Liverpool, Spurs, Millwall and England player promised Mr Bohill he would pay the £3,000 bill in instalments.

Mr Bohill said: “We can usually talk to people and sort things out but Mrs Ruddock created an issue unnecessarily.

"We are reasonable people. And we’re happy to help people if they listen to us.”

Mr Bohill and Neil Ruddock appeared on Can't Pay? We'll take it Anyway! Courtesy of Channel 5
Mr Bohill and Neil Ruddock appeared on Can't Pay? We'll take it Anyway! Courtesy of Channel 5

A message at the end of the show said: "Mr Ruddock now asserts that the debt for the dog kennel was written off when he was declared bankrupt in 2011.

"He is therefore applying to set aside the original court judgement and the enforcement proceedings because he says that he had no notice of them."

The episode featuring Neil Ruddock aired on Channel 5 last night but is now available to watch on 5 Demand.

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