Fine dodgers warned of bailiff raids

FINE dodgers across Northumberland could see their homes raided in a month-long operation to recover cash.

Operation Crackdown is being conducted by enforcement officers from Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) and police to collect unpaid fines.

Bailiffs will be issued with warrants to confiscate property and offenders who refuse to co-operate could be arrested, with court time set aside to deal with them.

HMCS area director Sheila Proudlock 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.”

Fines can be paid by telephone on 0300 7909901 or online at www.direct.gov.uk/payacourtfine