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101 court dodgers are caught in police net.

Byline: Andrew Hirst ,

first stage Sgt John McFadzean of the policing team

Non-payers tracked down

POLICE action days have started to track down people who don't pay fines.

Officers from Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team and warrant officers from the courts tracked down 101 non-payers on Monday.

It is the first stage in a bid to claw back some of the staggering pounds 4.4m owed to Huddersfield magistrates in unpaid fines by about 7,000 wrongdoers.

It follows a campaign earlier this month to catch the hundreds of people who did not even appear to face their charges at Huddersfield Magistrates' Court.

Fines are levied for all kinds of offences including thefts, assault and driving offences.

Altogether the people dealt with on Monday owed pounds 18,000 in unpaid fines.

Some paid up on the door, but 37 were arrested and taken straight to Huddersfield Magistrates for a special court hearing.

A further six surrendered themselves to court when they realised the police were looking for them.

Sgt John McFadzean, of the neighbourhood policing team, said: "This was the first in what is to become regular action days to ensure that those who are punished by way of fine by the courts don't think they can get away with it scot-free by not paying.

"If anyone does fall behind with their payments they are advised to contact the court office to sort things out and not wait for the knock on the door and be taken to court."
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2006
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