Published on 18th July 2016

abandoned car

Cheltenham Borough Council has successfully prosecuted Douglas Payne for abandoning his vehicle in the car park area at St Silas Church on Hester’s Way Road.

The vehicle had been left and burnt out, and was reported to the community protection team last December (2015).

Mr Payne did not attend in court and was fined £440 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £44, totalling £834.

Last December, Mr Payne was notified of his vehicle and its condition by the police and a community protection officer.

As the vehicle was on private land a request was made by the land owner for the council to take the appropriate action and Mr Payne was asked to arrange for the remains of the vehicle to be removed from the land within 14 days.

Mr Payne failed to remove the vehicle and so he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £200, which if paid within 10 days could be reduced to £120. As Mr Payne failed to pay the fixed penalty this left the council no option other than to prosecute at court.

The maximum penalty for abandoning a vehicle on conviction is £2,500 and/or a three month prison sentence.

Clive Evans, community protection officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: “We are repeatedly asked to deal with abandoned cars and the community are keen for us to catch the people responsible. This prosecution shows that where there is evidence the council will issue fixed penalty notices and where appropriate pursue the matter through the courts.”

Councillor Andy McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, added: “This latest prosecution should send a clear message that we will always take enforcement action where evidence is available for us to do so."

See the council's webpages for more information on abandoned vehicles and how to report them.

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