Bent­ley owner sen­tenced for ‘stolen’ claim

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

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.

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