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York Police Warn Court Fine Dodgers to Pay Up

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5:09pm 10th July 2014

York police are warning people with outstanding court fines that they face being sent to prison if they don’t pay up.

York Magistrates’ Court has issued over 220 non-payment of fines warrants which have still to be enforced, some of which contain orders for immediate prison sentences.

It is normally the job of Civilian Enforcement Officers to conduct the warrants, with the help of North Yorkshire Police if required.

However, York police will be carrying out a number of operations in the coming weeks to round up offenders who haven’t paid their court fines.

Sergeant Martin Metcalfe, of York West, Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “I would advise anyone in the York area who is aware they have fines outstanding for criminal matters to make contact with the fines office at York Magistrates’ Court as soon as possible to arrange payment.

“This is because there are a number of proactive days of action soon where police officers will be working closely with the Civilian Enforcement Officers to execute these non-payment of fines warrants.

“I would personally rather people got in touch with York Magistrates’ Court before we come knocking on their doors to arrest or get the full payments from them.

“At the end of the day, you have been fined as a result of committing a crime and I believe the victims of these crimes need to know you have paid your dues.

“In the past month, there have been three people arrested for non-payment of fines and they have been sent to prison immediately without attending court, so my message to you is make contact with the courts to arrange payment of your fines or face the consequences of arrest and possibly prison without any notice.”

People who wish to avoid being arrested for non-payment of court fines, should contact the Central Finance Unit on 01609 783539 as soon as possible.

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