Woman fined for dumping car

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A Bletchley resident has been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket after dumping her car on a city estate.

On Friday, August 7, Milton Keynes Magistrates heard that on January 23, enforcement officers from Milton Keynes Council’s Environmental Crime Unit acted on a report of an abandoned vehicle.

The Fiat Multipla had been left in the car park at Calvie Croft, Hodge Lea. The officers saw that it was untaxed, had a flat tyre and had clearly been there for a while.

Officers placed a seven day notice upon the car and wrote to the registered keeper, informing her of their intention to remove it as an abandoned vehicle.

Nothing was heard and a week later, arrangements were made for the car to be removed and later destroyed.

The owner, Maxine Ollard, 53, of Arundel Grove, Bletchley pleaded guilty by post and she was fined £200 for the offence. She was also ordered to pay £225 to the Council in compensation to cover the statutory fees for recovery and disposal of the car and a further £150 towards the council’s legal costs.

Pete Roberts, Environmental Crime Team Leader, said: “When a vehicle is of no more use to somebody, they must dispose of it responsibly and correctly. Just leaving it in a car park or on the street is not acceptable.

“Vehicles can be disposed of by calling a Licensed Scrap Metal Dealer or taking it to a Licensed Scrap Metal Yard. Alternatively, Milton Keynes Council runs a Dial-A-Wreck scheme where, for a small fee, we will pick the vehicle up from your address and destroy it for you.”

More information about the Council’s Dial-a-Wreck scheme can be found at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk