Married multi-millionaire tech firm boss, 52 is charged with rape and four sex assaults


Married multi-millionaire tech firm boss, 52, once named ‘nicest boss in Britain’ is charged with rape and four sex assaults

  • Lawrence Jones, 52, founded and ran internet hosting company UKFast 
  • ‘Stepped down’ pending internal investigation with his wife Gail left in charge
  • He has now been charged with rape and four sex assaults from 2010 to 2013

A multi-millionaire British tech entrepreneur has been charged with rape and multiple counts of sexual assault.

Lawrence Jones, 52, who is worth £700million, is the founder and former chief executive of UKFast, a cloud computing firm.

The business has previously featured in Sunday Times’ lists for ‘Best Companies to Work For’ and Jones was once branded ‘Britain’s nicest boss’ and has written of his joy at being in Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018.

Jones took a leave of absence in November 2019 after it was claimed two female employees had accused him of sexual assault and unwanted sexual advances.

Lawrence Jones, 52, of Brooks Drive in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, has been charged with one count of rape and four sexual assaults

In Jones’ absence his wife Gail will take over, the company said. 

Jones, of Brooks Drive in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, has been charged with one count of rape and four sexual assaults.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred in 2010 and 2013.

Greater Manchester Police began an investigation in 2019 and Jones stood down as CEO of the company in November that year.

GMP said in a statement: ‘A man has been charged with rape and sexual assault following an investigation by detectives.

Jones, 52, is worth £700million and attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 's wedding, is the founder and former chief executive of UKFast, a cloud computing firm

Jones, 52, is worth £700million and attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘s wedding, is the founder and former chief executive of UKFast, a cloud computing firm

‘Lawrence Jones, of Brooks Drive, Hale Barns, has been charged with one count of rape and four counts of sexual assault following reports in 2019.

‘The offences are alleged to have taken place in 2010 and 2013 respectively.’

Jones is due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 26 January 2021. 

In 2015, Jones was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to the digital economy and Princes Anne has visited his office after granting it a Princess Royal Training Award in 2018.

Jones has donated £100,000 to the Conservative party since 2017 and was pictured with Boris Johnson at Tory party conference two years later.

The alleged offences are said to have occurred in 2010 and 2013. Greater Manchester Police began an investigation in 2019 and Jones stood down as CEO of the company in November that year

The alleged offences are said to have occurred in 2010 and 2013. Greater Manchester Police began an investigation in 2019 and Jones stood down as CEO of the company in November that year

Following the allegations against Jones in 2019, The Press Association revealed that the firm had removed a major family business and an ambulance service from its advertising.

North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and key cutter Timpson both told PA they would ask under-pressure UKFast to take their names off the company’s online marketing following the allegations being published in the Financial Times.

Both organisations have since disappeared from the website, as has a third, Space 48, which did not respond to requests for comment from PA.

Jones said in a statement: ‘Approximately eighteen months ago, I contacted the police and was interviewed voluntarily because I became aware of rumours circulating about me that although false were extremely damaging.

‘I have fully co-operated with the police throughout, and am determined to ensure that my name is cleared.

‘In the circumstances, at this time it would not be appropriate to say any more, other than to state clearly that I did not do what is being alleged.’

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