Crackdown on fine dodgers

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COURT fine dodgers are being targeted in a crackdown.

Police are working with court enforcement officers to target the homes of offenders and chase up repayments.

Warrants will be issued enabling officers to confiscate property and people who refuse to co-operate will face arrest.

Court time is also being set aside specifically to deal with fine dodgers as part of month-long Operation Crackdown.

And those who fail to pay up could see orders being made for cash to be taken from their wages or benefits.

Latest figures show that in the 12 months to September 2009, 3,419 orders for deductions of benefits and 478 attachment of earnings orders – which means fines can be taken from people’s wages – were made in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Simon Townley, court service area director for Hampshire, said: ‘Our message to fine dodgers is clear – if you’ve been fined, we will find you. The courts will do everything within their powers to trace you.’