Court fines car owners for abandoning vehicles

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Four drivers have been saddled with bills of more than £2,000 for abandoning their vehicles.

MK Magistrates heard that on April 27, officers from the council’s environmental crime unit attended Potters Lane, Kiln Farm where a red Ford Fiesta had been left for more than five weeks.

It was untaxed and enquiries revealed that somebody had left it there when picking up another car.

A notice was placed upon the car, giving the owner seven days to remove it or tax it.

He was also written to advising him of the notice, but nothing was heard from him and, a week later, the vehicle was removed and destroyed.

The registered keeper, Zeeshan Ali, 20, of Wadham Avenue, London, failed to co-operate with the council’s investigation and was summonsed to appear before Magistrates.

He failed to attend and he was convicted in his absence.

He was fined £660, ordered to pay compensation of £225 to the council to cover the removal and disposal costs, and ordered to pay the Council’s legal and investigation costs of £1074.12.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and the Criminal Courts Charge of £150.

Kevin Mellon, 42, of Hills Close, Great Linford was also convicted, in his absence, of the same offence.

The Court heard how, on April 1, officers attended a report of a Citroen C8 car that had been in a car park on Rydal Way, Bletchley for months.

The car had three flat tyres, smashed windows and was full of rubbish, but the DVLA had been notified that it was off-road.

A seven-day notice was attached to it and Mr Mellon was written to, advising him of this.

A week later, the vehicle was reinspected and, although the notice had been removed, nothing else had changed so the vehicle was removed and destroyed.

Mr Mellon was fined £660, ordered to pay compensation of £225 to the Council and ordered to pay the legal and investigation costs of £955.50.

He was, also, ordered to pay a victim surcharge and Criminal Courts Charge totalling £216.

In another incident, on February 27, council officers attended a report of a green Rover Metro that had been in a car park on Wannamaker Gardens since 2012.

A number of requests were made to the owner, Fitzroy David St Louis (40) of Wannamaker Gardens, Oxley Park, but the car remained unused and unmoved.

It had been untaxed since July 2013, it had a flat tyre and there was a build-up of litter and detritus around it. A notice was placed upon the car and further attempts were made to contact the owner. On 24 March 2015, the vehicle was re-inspected and it was removed and destroyed.

Mr St Louis called the Council to claim the vehicle, but he failed to attend two interview appointments.

He was convicted, in his absence, of abandoning the car and fined £660.

He was also, ordered to pay compensation to the Council to cover the cost of removal and disposal, plus their legal and investigation costs which totalled £1487.65.

An order to pay a £66 victim surcharge and £150 Criminal Courts Charge was made by the Court.

Finally, the court heard that, on 18 March 2015, officers from the Environmental Crime Unit attended Westfield Road, Bletchley where a Renault Clio had been dumped.

It was untaxed and damaged and the bodywork was full of rust. A 7 day notice was placed upon the car and the owner written to. Nothing was heard and, a week later, the vehicle was removed and destroyed.

Liam Tompkins, 28, of Wolverton Road, Haversham was found guilty, in his absence, of abandoning this car. He was fined £660, ordered to pay £225 compensation for the costs of removing and destroying the car and ordered to pay the Council’s full legal and investigation costs of £1,156.10.

He was also landed with a £66 victim surcharge and £150 Criminal Court Charge too.

Pete Roberts, environmental crime team leader, said: “Old cars that are just left to rot in an area cast an air of neglect on a neighbourhood.

“They can attract anti-social behaviour. We work hard to ensure that end-of-life vehicles are disposed of correctly and, where we have evidence that they have been abandoned, we will not hesitate to prosecute offenders.”