Crackdown on fine dodgers

People who try to avoid paying court fines across Derbyshire are to be targeted in a month-long campaign.

Throughout February, Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) will aim to blitz a list of fine dodgers across the county.

Across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire there were 4,111 Attachment of Earnings Orders — which means money is taken from a defendant’s wages to pay a debt — and 21,262 Deduction from Benefits Orders issued in the 12 months to September 2010.

Operation Crackdown will see HMCS enforcement officers and local police target offenders’ homes to collect unpaid fines.

Bailiffs will also be issued with warrants so they can confiscate property. Where necessary, those who refuse to co-operate will be arrested. Mark Swales, HMCS’s Midlands regional director, said: “Our message to fine dodgers is clear: pay up now or face the consequences.