Cracking down on fine dodgers

People who try to avoid paying court fines will be targeted in a month-long campaign launched by Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) on Tuesday.

Operation Crackdown will see HMCS Court Enforcement Officers (CEOs) and local police engage in a series of blitzes on offenders’ homes to collect unpaid fines.

Bailiffs will also be issued with warrants to confiscate property. Where necessary, those who refuse to co-operate will be arrested. Court time will be set aside to deal specifically with fine dodgers.

Mark Swales, HMCS Regional Director for the Midlands, 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.”