Bentley owner sentenced for ‘stolen’ claim
A Yalding businessman has been handed a suspended jail sentence for falsely reporting his classic £ 250,000 Bentley as stolen.
The 1950s coupe, which is one of only two in the UK and has the number plate 0DD 398, was reportedly taken from Saxon Motor Sport in Hawkhurst Road, Cranbrook, last April.
The distinctive “racing shuttle” it was being kept in was also missing.
Kent Police launched an appeal and issued an image of the vintage car, while owner Mark Lloyd-Jones, who runs Saxon Motor Sport, offered a substantial cash reward.
At the time, chauffeur Roger Crawshaw, who has driven the car for 10 years for Lloyd-Jones, told the Kent Messenger: “It is one of a kind and a David Beckham of the car world.”
However, following a trial, Lloyd-Jones was convicted of making it all up, and on Friday was sentenced for perverting the course of justice.
The 47-year-old, who also owns Dudbrooke House Management and Swan Place Management, was jailed for eight-months, suspended for two years.
He was ordered to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work, stay at home between 9pm and 7am for four months, and pay £1,140.