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  1. Hi guys Earlier his morning I got caught using a relatives bus pass on West Midlands Network Buses. Completely my fault, I held my hands up and apologized. I was in a rush to get to the job center as I had an appointment to tell them I was going to be starting my new job next week. As I got off at the stop, the inspectors were checking the tickets and as I didn't have a photo card, they pulled me over, ran a few checks and I admitted it wasn't my pass. I am completely broke and couldn't afford a ticket, literally. They asked me to pay £40 there and then, but I had nothing on me. The inspector said they would send a letter through the post and I would have to pay the £40 fine. However, looking at online forums, there are some people saying they've been summoned to court for the same offense. This worries me a lot as I have a suspended sentence for a motoring offense earlier this year. Does this mean that if I get summoned to court, and they convict me of using someone else's bus pass, I could be sent to prison?
  2. The following is a short extract from a press release that featured on SCOOP yesterday regarding the trial of a debtor (Danny Williamson) who threatened bailiffs with knives and an imitation gun when they attended his property seeking payment of £1,100 for a fine relating to alleged traffic offences. From the report, it would seem that the debtor had claimed that he had not known of the debt. Bailiffs stated that they would be taking control of his vehicle. He was finally arrested at gunpoint by armed police. Judge Ian Graham handed Mr Williamson a 12 month prison sentence at Basildon Crown Court yesterday suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to pay £520 in court costs. Further details can be read here: http://www.basildonstandard.co.uk/news/14875264.Grandad_grabs_a_fake_gun_to_scare_away_two_bailiffs/ http://www.scoop.it/t/lacef-news
  3. The following is an extract of an article that appeared on SCOOP yesterday: Full story here: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Hull-mother-chased-bailiffs-carving-knife-walks/story-28348975-detail/story.html#ixzz3uVapzLee
  4. Under section 68.1 of Schedule 12 of the Tribunal Courts & Enforcement Act 2007 it is a very serious offence to obstruct a bailiff. Last week yet another debtor was found guilty of this offence but even more seriously, he was also found guilty of assaulting the bailiff (the bailiff required stitches to his nose). The debt was in relation to an unpaid penalty charge notice. Bailiffs attended the debtors property to request £422. It would seem that previous visits had also been made and on one of the visits, he had sworn at the bailiff before driving off. It was on the 4th visit that the incident occurred. During the one day trial the debtors solicitor claimed that his client had suffered a stroke before the incident and this had led to him being unable to raise his left arm. Unfortunately for the debtor, the medical papers handed to the magistrates did not bear out the stroke claims stating only that Mr Gara had complained of 'weakness' in his arm. After deliberating for 45 minutes, magistrates convicted Mr Gara of assault by beating on March 3rd and also of obstructing a lawful enforcement agent on the same occasion. The presiding magistrate has requested pre sentence reports to be prepared before sentencing at the next hearing on 17th September. http://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/news/15681/Bailiff-attacked-by-Thatcham-taxi-driver.html
  5. came across this re a related googly. please sign if interested. closes 30 march http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67911 re http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/purley-cyclists-deaths-lead-parliamentary-8054571
  6. I feel bad coming here for help but please bare with me About 20 years ago I was taken into my local DSS office where I admitted claiming benefits while I started a new business. I was given the option of paying back the amount I owed or go to court. I agreed, of course that I should pay this back and as I did, I also received a summons and was sentenced to prison time. At this point It felt unfair as we had agreed to pay and not face court. However, I had taken the benefits. I stopped paying the money because of this. I felt the prison time served was enough. why should I be punished twice? However even though I have not been on benefits since I am now starting to get demands for the £2000 with court action threatened. I am not on benefits but am self employed,on a low low income and so am worried. I know I can make an offer to pay weekly, I was wondering if I can make a request to see the original paperwork to see if the court or pay option was recorded. Also, is there a statute of limitations on such a debt after so long also. Thanks
  7. A bankrupt has been jailed for his failure to account for a withdrawal of £47,500 from his bank account prior to his bankruptcy. Zeki Boztepe of Edmonton in North London petitioned the court to declare himself bankrupt on 23 September 2008. He claimed in an interview with the official receiver (OR) that he had borrowed around £18,000 from three creditors but that they had charged interest which resulted in repayments totalling between £30,000 and £35,000. Following an investigation by the Insolvency Service and a full criminal investigation and prosecution by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) into his assets, Boztepe was unable to account for the cash withdrawals that he made in the 12 months leading up to his petition. He replied to a letter from the OR stating that he “used the drawings from the various accounts you have listed for normal living expenses”. Boztepe added: “Because of threats received from my personal creditors, I had to draw money from my accounts and credit cards to pay them.” But he refused to provide details of any of these creditors or explain why he owed them money on the basis that he feared for his family’s safety. Deputy chief investigation officer Liam Mannall from BIS said: “Individuals who borrow money and then resort to the protection of bankruptcy have a duty to give a truthful explanation to the official receiver as to how the money was spent. “Mr Boztepe chose not to do so; as a result he now has a criminal conviction and could go to prison. This should be a warning to others considering similar actions.” He was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for one year at Southwark Crown Court, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay costs of £2,500 within 12 months. In sentencing, HHJ Pegden QC called the charge “serious” but noted Boztepe’s previous “good character” and suspended his punishment. Link: http://www.credittoday.co.uk/article/14594/online-news/bankrupt-receives-prison-sentence-for-missing-money
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