Fines purge nets £20,000

A CRACKDOWN on fine-dodgers collected over £20,000 in Calderdale.

Court-enforcement officers from across West Yorkshire came to the district to help make people with unpaid fines pay up.

In just one day they collected £23,600 and arrested 14 people.The total included one warrant for almost £14,000.

The operation was part of a month-long campaign by the Courts Service working with police across the county to blitz fine-dodgers’ homes.

Bailiffs were also issued with warrants to confiscate property and those who refused to pay up were arrested.

Dyfed Foulkes, Her Majesty’s Courts Services area director, said: “Our message to fine dodgers is clear: pay up now or face the consequences.

“The courts will do everything within their powers to trace those who do not pay. Money can be taken from an offender’s earnings or from benefits if they are unemployed.

“Warrants can be issued instructing court-employed agents to seize and sell goods belonging to the offender. Ultimately an offender can be imprisoned for non-payment of their fine.”