Last warning for pair who owe hundreds

TWO men who owe hundreds in unpaid fines have appeared in court.

Scott Roberts, 36, of Huddersfield Road, Halifax, was arrested after two warrants were issued for £290 owed since November 2011 and another £425 since January 2010.

He said: “I haven’t worked in that whole time. I am looking for a job and always thought I’d have a bit more time to pay it off. I just left it too long.”

Melvyn Smith, chairman of the bench, said: “We have looked at all the alternatives methods of getting you to pay what is owed. None of them is appropriate”.

Roberts was given a 28-day suspended sentence.

His fine was reduced to £250 and Roberts was told to start paying the money within 14 days.

David Brown, 21, owed £285 in compensation after interfering with a vehicle. His victim had been waiting since June 2010. Brown has only paid £15.

He told the court he had been made redundant last week before he was given a 14-day suspended sentence.

“There’s no way out if you don’t pay it,” said Mr Smith.