Council cracks down on people abandoning vehicles in Milton Keynes

Tuesday 24 November 2020

 

Abandoned car - 24 November 2020

A man found guilty of abandoning a car in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay more than £2,000 following an investigation by MK Council’s Environmental Crime Unit.

Steven Rawson was found guilty in his absence at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on 13 November of abandoning a vehicle in a Greenleys car park earlier this year.

The court heard that on 2 March 2020, MK Council Officers were called to Drovers Croft, Greenleys to investigate an abandoned Saab motor vehicle.  They found that the car had been left in a Council-owned car park and its MOT had expired in 2016.  A notice was placed on the vehicle asking the owner to move it and contact the Council, but a week later the car was still there, and it was removed into storage.  Subsequent communications inviting Rawson to collect his vehicle were ignored and the vehicle was destroyed.

Rawson was fined £440 for abandoning his car and ordered to pay £805 compensation to the Council for the removal, storage and subsequent destruction of the car.  He was also ordered to pay the Council’s legal costs of £737.71 and a £44 victim surcharge.

Environmental Crime Unit Team Leader, Pete Roberts, said:  “We’re aware of vehicle related problems in this area and we hope that this sentence sends a clear message to those thinking of just dumping their unwanted cars.”