A wedding planner who disappeared amid claims that she had conned dozens of couples out of thousands of pounds is said to have been arrested.
Police and the reporting agency Action Fraud began to investigate Dana Twidale, 42, after complaints from engaged couples, catering and event hire firms and DJs.
A number of lovestruck men also say the mother-of-four defrauded them out of large sums. Her estranged husband Carl Twidale, 45, says he lost £4,000 and a suitor who met her via the Tinder dating app claims he gave her £10,000 for her mother’s funeral – only to find out that her mother was still alive.
Dana Twidale (pictured right) on her wedding day with estranged husband Carl. The wedding planner who disappeared amid claims that she had conned dozens of couples out of thousands of pounds is said to have been arrested
She was pictured over the weekend dabbling in the pool and basking in the sunshine in Benidorm, southern Spain. (Pictured: Wedding planner Dana Twidale, a mother-of-four, who is believed to have gone on the run)
Ms Twidale was also pictured leaning on the poolside as she relaxed in the near-30 degree heat at the Apartamentos Acuarium II in southern Spain. (Pictured: Ms Twidale talks to another person in the pool)
She also took a seat on a lilo that was placed in the shade. Her estranged husband, Carl Twidale, has said that she deserves to be ‘fed to the dogs’ for her actions
Mr Twidale says he was called by Humberside Police on Saturday and told his wife had ‘been arrested and was in custody’.
However, the same police force refused to comment yesterday ‘because of data protection’ and it was not clear if she was being held in the UK or Spain, where she was spotted three weeks ago.
She was photographed by a holidaymaker sunbathing and swimming with one of her children at a holiday complex in Benidorm.
Mr Twidale, a barber from Hull, had been trying to track her down since she vanished from her rented home in the city six weeks ago.
A Facebook page called ‘People Affected by Dana Twidale the Wedding Planner Help and Support’ is full of posts from people claiming to have lost money.
Over the weekend the mother-of-four, from Hull, was pictured dabbling in a pool and basking in the sunshine in Benidorm, Spain
Her estranged husband, who she separated from two years ago, said yesterday that she had been arrested. Her ex-boyfriend, Nigel Wainwright, has also alleged that she conned him out of £10,000
Dana Twidale (pictured left and right) who ran her own wedding and event hire business in Hull, is believed to have gone on the run
Nigel Wainwright wrote: ‘I met her via Tinder and we went out a few times. She told me her mum passed away in December and was rotting away in a coffin.
‘I paid for that funeral. All lies – her mother is alive and well. I only found out last week what a lying evil person she was. She skinned me for every penny I had.’
Mr Twidale said he had been shocked by the allegations.
‘She has affected dozens of people, stealing tens of thousands,’ he added. ‘My life has been a lie.’ The couple wed in 2014 and parted two years ago. She then started a one-woman wedding planner business with clients all over the country.
Couples claim she was paid large sums but did nothing.
Dozens of people across Yorkshire, including bride-to-be Sam Devine, pictured with fiance Phil Leach, claim they have been conned out of money by Ms Twidale
Kaylie Norris, pictured with fiance Sean Lane, knows the wedding planner as an ‘old family friend’ and after her services were recommended she saw no reason to doubt her legitimacy
Nicky Thorpe, 32, who got married in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, last week, says she paid Twidale ‘well over £2,000’ before realising she had been ‘duped’.
She says her ceremony only went ahead after an appeal for help on local radio. Jade Savage said she was let down by Twidale ten days before her August wedding.
She wrote on Facebook: ‘With the generosity of total strangers and love and support from family and friends our wedding day happened on Saturday.
‘It turned out better than what it would have if that evil woman had done it anyway.’