Motherwell play complex named in drugs and dirty money charges

The Rainforest Adventure indoor play complex in Motherwell.
The Rainforest Adventure indoor play complex in Motherwell.

A couple are on trial accused of drug dealing and money laundering linked to the children’s play complex they operated in Motherwell.

Graham Clarke (35) and his wife, Lindsay (31), are alleged to have been concerned in the supply of cocaine at Rainforest Adventure in the town’s Windmillhill Street.

They’re also accused of handling more than £900,000 in dirty money. It’s alleged they used the cash to buy cars, boats and a property in Spain.

The couple are on trial at the High Court in Glasgow where they deny a string of charges.

The Clarkes, of Knowetop Farm, Larkhall, are charged, along with Neil Anderson (40), of Cumbernauld, of being concerned in the supply of cocaine. Various addresses are listed, including Rainforest Adventure, and the timescale is between 2006 and 2012.

Prosecutors go on to allege that the Clarkes used the proceeds of drug dealing to fund a jet-setting lifestyle.

A lengthy series of transactions is alleged, including the purchase of a house in Alicante for more than 400,000 euros, the Clarkes’ Larkhall home and a house in North Lanarkshire.

Other purchases are said to have included a horse, a £17,000 guard dog and bulletproof glass for their home.

It’s further alleged that Graham Clarke used dirty money to pay for flights and accommodation for 23 guests attending his stag weekend in Spain.

Prosecutors also claim the couple paid for a helicopter to take them to their wedding at Airth Castle, near Falkirk, in 2010 with the proceeds of their crimes.

Marilyn Nixon (65) and Keith Nixon, (62), both of Darvel, Ayrshire, and Yvonne Davidson (44), of Cumbernauld, all deny related money laundering charges.

A convicted drug dealer, David Hunter, appeared as a Crown witness at the trial. He gave police a lengthy statement about his involvement in crime, but QC Donald Findlay, defending Graham Clarke, branded him a liar who had made up stories to get his own sentence reduced.

The trial before Lady Wise is due to last several months.