North Yorkshire Police launch crackdown on fine dodgers

Police launch crackdown on fine dodgers

Police launch crackdown on fine dodgers

First published in News

FINE-DODGING criminals can expect an unwelcome knock on the door over the coming days if they fail to pay what they owe to the courts.

North Yorkshire Police is cracking down on more than 220 people who have failed to pay the charges handed down to them at York Magistrates’ Court.

Officers will shortly be taking enforcement action to make arrests and claim the thousands of pounds owed to them.

Sgt Martin Metcalfe, of York West Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I would personally rather people got in touch with York Magistrates’ Court before we come knocking on their doors to arrest or get the full payments from them.

“At the end of the day, you have been fined as a result of committing a crime and I believe the victims of these crimes need to know you have paid your dues.

“In the past month, there have been three people arrested for non-payment of fines and they have been sent to prison immediately without attending court, so my message to you is make contact with the courts to arrange payment of your fines or face the consequences of arrest and possibly prison without any notice.”

Anyone who knows they have an outstanding fine for criminal matters should contact the court to arrange their payment.

A spokesman for HM Courts and Tribunals 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 and the police to sell goods belonging to the offender, or arrest the offender and bring them back before the court. Ultimately an offender can be imprisoned for non-payment of their fine.”

York Magistrates’ Court can be contacted on 01904 818300.

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9:15am Tue 22 Jul 14

old_geezer says...

Martin Cooke has appeared several times in your pages since his conviction for three serious assaults in 2004, when he was 14 or 15, despite expressing remorse and vowing to turn his life around (see Press archive).

Did he ever pay £3,500 and £100 compensation, plus £35 compensation for vandalism and £150 court costs, as ordered then?
Martin Cooke has appeared several times in your pages since his conviction for three serious assaults in 2004, when he was 14 or 15, despite expressing remorse and vowing to turn his life around (see Press archive). Did he ever pay £3,500 and £100 compensation, plus £35 compensation for vandalism and £150 court costs, as ordered then? old_geezer
  • Score: 2

9:44am Tue 22 Jul 14

IlikeYork says...

Before the usual negative comments get posted, like have you not got anything better to do etc.. I would like to thank you and your team for what you did recently. I am a victim of crime and the offender had not paid the fines due for over two years. I thought they had got away with what they did to me. As a result of Sgt Metcalfe and his team arresting the person recently, all of the money was paid immediately!! I am very happy now, so thank you to you all for this!
Before the usual negative comments get posted, like have you not got anything better to do etc.. I would like to thank you and your team for what you did recently. I am a victim of crime and the offender had not paid the fines due for over two years. I thought they had got away with what they did to me. As a result of Sgt Metcalfe and his team arresting the person recently, all of the money was paid immediately!! I am very happy now, so thank you to you all for this! IlikeYork
  • Score: 31

9:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach.
How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: -18

9:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

IlikeYork wrote:
Before the usual negative comments get posted, like have you not got anything better to do etc.. I would like to thank you and your team for what you did recently. I am a victim of crime and the offender had not paid the fines due for over two years. I thought they had got away with what they did to me. As a result of Sgt Metcalfe and his team arresting the person recently, all of the money was paid immediately!! I am very happy now, so thank you to you all for this!
Sorry I forgot to thank Sgt Metcalfe for doing his job in my post.
[quote][p][bold]IlikeYork[/bold] wrote: Before the usual negative comments get posted, like have you not got anything better to do etc.. I would like to thank you and your team for what you did recently. I am a victim of crime and the offender had not paid the fines due for over two years. I thought they had got away with what they did to me. As a result of Sgt Metcalfe and his team arresting the person recently, all of the money was paid immediately!! I am very happy now, so thank you to you all for this![/p][/quote]Sorry I forgot to thank Sgt Metcalfe for doing his job in my post. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: -16

10:03am Tue 22 Jul 14

CHISSY1 says...

Pete the Brickie wrote:
How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach.
At least you have have had a fair warning.
[quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach.[/p][/quote]At least you have have had a fair warning. CHISSY1
  • Score: 12

10:16am Tue 22 Jul 14

IlikeYork says...

Oh dear, it did not take long for the Pete the so called brickie to come along spouting off his usual negative comments about the Police. Pete, they may not be perfect, but if you read the story and check your facts, it is the Civilian Enforcement Officers who collect fines normally, not the Police. Unfortunately, in my case the criminal avoided the Civilian Enforcement Officers, would not cooperate with them and Sgt Metcalfe offered to assist. Therefore, your sarcastic comment about Sgt Metcalfe just doing his job is not right. He did not have to do this, but I believe having met him a few times, he just wants justice for victims, so good luck to him and his team. However, I imagine no matter what he or the Police do, they will never please you? Have a nice day!
Oh dear, it did not take long for the Pete the so called brickie to come along spouting off his usual negative comments about the Police. Pete, they may not be perfect, but if you read the story and check your facts, it is the Civilian Enforcement Officers who collect fines normally, not the Police. Unfortunately, in my case the criminal avoided the Civilian Enforcement Officers, would not cooperate with them and Sgt Metcalfe offered to assist. Therefore, your sarcastic comment about Sgt Metcalfe just doing his job is not right. He did not have to do this, but I believe having met him a few times, he just wants justice for victims, so good luck to him and his team. However, I imagine no matter what he or the Police do, they will never please you? Have a nice day! IlikeYork
  • Score: 20

11:21am Tue 22 Jul 14

again says...

No doubt Pete the Brickie was posting from Spain, or even Panama having done the cost/benefit analysis.
No doubt Pete the Brickie was posting from Spain, or even Panama having done the cost/benefit analysis. again
  • Score: 12

12:40pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

IlikeYork wrote:
Oh dear, it did not take long for the Pete the so called brickie to come along spouting off his usual negative comments about the Police. Pete, they may not be perfect, but if you read the story and check your facts, it is the Civilian Enforcement Officers who collect fines normally, not the Police. Unfortunately, in my case the criminal avoided the Civilian Enforcement Officers, would not cooperate with them and Sgt Metcalfe offered to assist. Therefore, your sarcastic comment about Sgt Metcalfe just doing his job is not right. He did not have to do this, but I believe having met him a few times, he just wants justice for victims, so good luck to him and his team. However, I imagine no matter what he or the Police do, they will never please you? Have a nice day!
Don't get me wrong, I am very pleased police workers are making an active choice to pursue people who owe fines and in your case did some harm to you. I just don't think they should warn them first by placing a newspaper advert highlighting their intentions to do so.
[quote][p][bold]IlikeYork[/bold] wrote: Oh dear, it did not take long for the Pete the so called brickie to come along spouting off his usual negative comments about the Police. Pete, they may not be perfect, but if you read the story and check your facts, it is the Civilian Enforcement Officers who collect fines normally, not the Police. Unfortunately, in my case the criminal avoided the Civilian Enforcement Officers, would not cooperate with them and Sgt Metcalfe offered to assist. Therefore, your sarcastic comment about Sgt Metcalfe just doing his job is not right. He did not have to do this, but I believe having met him a few times, he just wants justice for victims, so good luck to him and his team. However, I imagine no matter what he or the Police do, they will never please you? Have a nice day![/p][/quote]Don't get me wrong, I am very pleased police workers are making an active choice to pursue people who owe fines and in your case did some harm to you. I just don't think they should warn them first by placing a newspaper advert highlighting their intentions to do so. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: -6

12:41pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Pete the Brickie says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Pete the Brickie wrote:
How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach.
At least you have have had a fair warning.
Good one, and eleven people agree with you, that's a first for you CHISSY1.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pete the Brickie[/bold] wrote: How thoughtful of the police to warn the 220 or so late payers of their intentions, giving them enough time meekly pay up as he politely requests or simply make sure they are out for a week or two and all their high value electrical goods are removed from the police's reach.[/p][/quote]At least you have have had a fair warning.[/p][/quote]Good one, and eleven people agree with you, that's a first for you CHISSY1. Pete the Brickie
  • Score: 17

1:36pm Tue 22 Jul 14

IlikeYork says...

I have no idea why they would put it in the paper, but I can only imagine it is all about getting the money at the end of the day to help the victims? So therefore, if they do a press article, maybe some will actually come forward and pay voluntarily (would be interesting to know if any do) rather than face the prospect of being arrested and going to prison? I await an update on what if any action the police do take and any results they got. I suppose its a bit like the speed camera locations being released? I wondered why they would do that at first, but that is all about getting people to slow down isn't it? They cannot win really as if they don't tell us, they will be criticized and if they do, people will wonder why they are telling us? They can't win I think.
I have no idea why they would put it in the paper, but I can only imagine it is all about getting the money at the end of the day to help the victims? So therefore, if they do a press article, maybe some will actually come forward and pay voluntarily (would be interesting to know if any do) rather than face the prospect of being arrested and going to prison? I await an update on what if any action the police do take and any results they got. I suppose its a bit like the speed camera locations being released? I wondered why they would do that at first, but that is all about getting people to slow down isn't it? They cannot win really as if they don't tell us, they will be criticized and if they do, people will wonder why they are telling us? They can't win I think. IlikeYork
  • Score: 8

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