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£4000 fine for untidy land in Sapcote

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A Sapcote land owner has been ordered to pay £4,061 by Loughborough Magistrates’ Court for failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice.

John Mac of Hinckley Road, Wolvey, was found guilty and fined £1,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,411 as well as a victim surcharge of £150.

Mr Mac first issued with a Community Protection Warning by Blaby District Council back in July 2016 following complaints of parking and repairing HGV’s, and the storage of associated plant and equipment at Granitethorpe Quarry, Leicester Road, Sapcote.

Following Mr Macs’ non-compliance of the Warning Notice, the Council served a Community Protection Notice in September 2016. Community Protection Notices require a person or organisation to ‘undertake specific tasks in order to reduce or remove the detrimental effects of their conduct.’

The notice required Mr Mac to stop using the land for the parking and/or storage of HGV’s commercial vehicles and HGV trailers. All associated plant, tools and equipment used for the repair of vehicles and trailers were also ordered not to be parked or stored on the site.

A revised Community Protection Notice was agreed between Council and Mr Mac in December 2016 after an appeal to the Magistrates’ Court, following his failure to comply with the original notice.

Investigations in October 2017 revealed a commercial vehicle had been parked on the land for three days, in breach of the notice. The case was presented to the Magistrates’ Court following the breach in November 2017 before prosecution on 01 August.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said: “Mr Mac had a responsibility to ensure his land did not have a negative impact on the quality of life for others in Sapcote. He failed in these responsibilities and we had no choice but to prosecute.

“We are pleased with this ruling and I hope this emphasises how seriously we take Community Protection Notices. They are not there to be ignored.”

This is the third successful prosecution for non-compliance of a Community Protection Notice that Blaby District Council has carried out in the space of 12 months.

Residents can report breaches of planning control in the district by visiting www.blaby.gov.uk/planning.

Pensioners admit benefit fraud

justiceTwo Blaby District pensioners have been successfully prosecuted after they admitted to making fraudulent claims.

Sandra Harris, 65, of Sapcote Road, Stoney Stanton, initially listed for a trial, changed her plea to guilty at the last minute when appearing at Hinckley Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 September 2014.

The court heard when Mrs Harris first made her claims for benefit, she was truthful about her circumstances, but she later failed to notify Blaby District Council when she returned to work.

Between September 2011 and May 2013 she was overpaid £3,796.24 in housing benefit, council tax and council tax reduction.

Sandra Harris was sentenced to twelve months conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 towards court costs. She is also repaying Blaby District Council the falsely claimed benefits.

Maureen Wileman, 68, of Brookes Avenue, Croft, dishonestly claimed £10,209.71 in housing benefit, council tax benefit and council tax reduction between March 2010 and March 2014. Her claims were false from the outset, failing to declare she held over £20,000 in savings.

Mrs Wileman was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £22 at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 11 September 2014.

She was charged with making dishonest claims in March 2010 and December 2012. The overpayment has been repaid in full to Blaby District Council.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Finance and Efficiency portfolio holder at Blaby District Council, said:

“This sends a clear message that the Council takes fraud very seriously and people should know that they run the risk of being prosecuted if they are not honest about their circumstances. The Council will not tolerate this type of criminal behaviour, at any level, and action will be taken again against those who are abusing the system.”

If you suspect anyone in Blaby District is committing benefit fraud, please call the Council’s confidential Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0116 272 7733 or complete the online form at www.blaby.gov.uk/fraud

Court action for Sapcote taxi driver

justiceA local taxi driver has been prosecuted and fined for operating without a licence.

Graham Claydon, of Sapcote and owner of GJC Private Hire, was caught after a member of the public called to complain about the vehicle used for their return journey from EastMidlandsAirport.

The car had broken down on the side of the motorway.

It transpired that the car Mr Claydon was using was not licensed and his private hire operator’s licence had not been renewed so he should not have been trading.

At Leicester Magistrates Court on Friday May 24, he was found guilty of acting without an operator’s licence on two occasions and fined £100 per offence.

He was also ordered to pay £100 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for regulatory and neighbourhood services said:

“Our priority is to make sure members of the public are safe when they get into a vehicle licensed by Blaby District Council.

“This should be a warning to anyone running private hire vehicles illegally and could also result in the loss of their operators licence.”

For more information on licensing in Blaby district visit www.blaby.gov.uk email licensing@blaby.gov.uk or contact 0116 272 7783.