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Kidderminster man fined £1,000 for abandoning vehicle

News release issued:

A Kidderminster man who abandoned his vehicle in a Kidderminster street has been fined £1,000 by magistrates this week. 

Shane Mitchell Price, of East Street, Kidderminster ignored a formal notice issued by Wyre Forest District Council’s enforcement team requiring him to remove the vehicle so the case was referred to Kidderminster Magistrates.

Mr Price was fined during a hearing on Wednesday 10 February 2021 when the court decided in his absence that he was guilty of abandoning a motor vehicle on the highway without lawful authority.

Nina Dorrell, prosecuting for Wyre Forest District Council, told the magistrates how Mr Price had left his vehicle abandoned and in a very poor condition on a Kidderminster street and failed to remove the vehicle despite receiving a formal removal notice from the council requiring him to do so.

The magistrates heard that due to Mr Price’s failure to remove the vehicle as required by the notice the council had arranged for it to be removed and disposed of. 

As well as a £1,000 fine Mr Price was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and £750 prosecution costs.

Deputy Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, and Cabinet Member with responsibility for enforcement Councillor Helen Dyke said: “This is another example of our commitment to keeping the district a safe, clean and green living environment.

“I hope it helps get across the powerful message that we will take action when people put that environment at risk, whether through flytipping, littering or, as in this case, abandoning vehicles for others to clean up.

“The original fixed penalty notice given to the vehicle owner was £200. He chose to ignore it and has subsequently paid the price for that.

“I’d like to thank our enforcement and legal teams who have worked closely together to bring forward this successful case and help keep our district clean and green for all to enjoy.”

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