This is the moment a mother confronts her ex-boyfriend and demands £6,000 in unpaid child maintenance after she followed him to Tesco. Rebecca De
This is the moment a mother confronts her ex-boyfriend and demands £6,000 in unpaid child maintenance after she followed him to Tesco.
Rebecca Desmond, 33, claims her ex Rob Atkinson told Child Maintenance officials he was unemployed and that is why he fell behind with payments for their daughter Freya.
But Ms Desmond was fuming when he she spotted him at Tesco Express in Armthorpe, Doncaster wearing a high-viz jacket and getting into his work van.
She filmed the confrontation on March 30 and said she would ‘see him in court’ after seemingly catching him coming home from work.
Rebecca Desmond, 33 (left), claims her ex Rob Atkinson, 33 (right), owes her £6,000 in child maintenance so she followed him to Tesco Express in Doncaster where she spotted him buying beers after work – despite her claims he told officials he was unemployed
Ms Desmond, of Armthorpe, Doncaster, said: ‘The whole thing brings tears to my eyes.
‘Fair enough don’t see her, don’t pay for her but don’t strut around our local supermarket.
‘He’s rejected Freya and here’s a high chance she could have bumped into him there, it’s just sick.’
The mother-of-one claims she decided to turn detective and follow the father of her child into the store after three and a half years of child support totted up.
She claims to have heard rumours Mr Atkinston, also 33, was working for the firm Traffic Direct and wanted to see if she could catch him in the act.
She added: ‘The man owes me thousands in unpaid maintenance but he’s covered head to toe in tattoos. He’s told everyone he doesn’t work.
‘I’ve made it my mission to look at every single Direct Traffic van that I pass. It was only going to be a matter of time.
‘That day I looked at the van as I was driving past and lo and behold who was driving it? Rob Atkinson.
She claims Mr Atkinson told officials he was unemployed, so she was fuming when she saw him wearing a high-viz jacket and getting into a Direct Traffic van
‘I used my initiative and turned round straight away and went back to the Tesco.
‘I approached a man sat in the van and asked if the man driving the van was called Rob Atkinson, he said ‘yes’ so I got my phone ready as I was walking.
‘Rob didn’t know what to do. He called me a weirdo then he huffed a little bit, had a ‘big man walk’ back to the van and that was it.
‘He couldn’t get out of there quick enough. He was buying two bottles of beer on a Saturday in work gear and was getting back into a work van.’
The couple split up 10 years ago after four years of dating when Freya was just nine months old.
Ms Desmond claims Freya’s father has had little to do with her since then.
She claims Mr Atkinson sent her a card to promise to stop being such a ‘rubbish dad’ and promised to pay a bigger part in her life.
Her mother claims the youngster was ecstatic when her father told her he was getting married to his new partner in Mexico and that she was going to be a bridesmaid.
Mr Atkinson denied he was unemployed. He claims he has received payments from the Army since he left for medical reasons three and a half years ago
But Mr Atkinson denied he was unemployed or that he is getting married.
He claims he has received payments from the Army since he left for medical reasons three and a half years ago.
The 33-year-old has four children with three different woman and maintains he is up to date on all child maintenance payments.
He said : ‘I’ve got four children. Every single one of the other mothers are all up to date with all their payments, everything’s up to date, everything’s sorted. [Rebecca] is the trouble.
‘I was on my way home [as] I’d done a shift in Armthorpe. It’s crackers this, absolutely crackers.
‘I picked up some beers on my way home from work, what’s wrong with that?
‘It’s absolutely madness, all it is, is I picked two beers up on my way home from work, I had a bit of weekend work, then went home.
‘Not regular weekend work. I’m on a self-employed basis – they just gave me a couple of days work.
‘I’m not working with them now, there’s no set days to who and when and where I work. I work for myself.
‘I’m getting little bits of work here and there, couple of days here and couple of days there.
‘For me to turn down a day’s work in Armthorpe on the off-chance I might see a daughter who I actually want to see, have you heard what you’re saying?
‘I only left the army three-and-a-half years ago. I had an attachment of earnings until then.
‘For the first 18 months I didn’t work at all but [the CMS] thought I was still working. I was medically unwell.
‘I’ve not been working what they [the CMS] think I’ve been working. I’ve just put all my tax accounts in, my tax accounts don’t lie.
Mr Atkinson is seen buying two beers at Tesco Express in Armthrope, Doncaster on March 30
‘£6,000 is what she must have totted up from how much they work out a year – £200 a month [over] three years.
‘[I never claimed I was unemployed], I wasn’t claiming benefits or nothing.
‘[My] income is based on [my] Army pension until [my] tax code comes in. And now my tax has gone in, now I’ll work out what I have to pay for CSA [Child Suport Agency] then [Rebecca and Freya] will get the CSA. What I need to do is I need to ring the CSA.
‘There’s not a wedding happening, [so there was] no mention of [Freya] being a bridesmaid.’
But Ms Desmond added: ‘I’ve had to work really hard for 10 years to make sure Freya’s got what she has now.
‘Now he’s disappeared again and she’s not heard from him since. It’s really cruel, I can’t ever forgive him for that.’
A DWP spokesman said they could not comment on individual cases.
The spokesman said: ‘We’re committed to recovering owed child maintenance and recently introduced tougher powers to take people’s assets into account – including property, savings and investments and self-declared income.
‘If someone suspects their ex-partner of avoiding paying child maintenance, they should inform us straight away so we can investigate fully.’
Direct Traffic Management Ltd said they could not comment because of data protection laws.