Owner drove off in un­taxed van be­ing seized by po­lice

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

AMAN pre­vented po­lice from seiz­ing his un­taxed van – ‘be­cause it con­tained beds for rel­a­tives af­fected by the Bosley dis­as­ter’.

Mark Holden, 41, was stor­ing fur­ni­ture for his mum and step-dad who were be­ing treated in hospi­tal, a court heard.

The court was told that when he found po­lice im­pound­ing his Fiat Du­cato and re­fused to al­low him to get the beds, he re­acted.

Holden jumped into the van and man­aged to drive away, break­ing free of chains fit­ted by the re­cov­ery worker, the court heard.

Holden, of Fly­ing Fields Drive, Mac­cles­field, was charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing but was found not guilty af­ter a trial at Ch­ester Crown Court.

He ad­mit­ted wil­fully ob­struct­ing PC Hard­ing and was fined £300.

A court was told that on Au­gust 3, 2015, PC Hard­ing and a re­cov­ery ve­hi­cle from the Mans­field Group at­tended the cul-de-sac to im­pound the un­taxed van.

The court heard that when Holden ar­rived the re­cov­ery worker had backed up a flatbed truck to the van and at­tached chains to its axle.

PC Hard­ing told the court that af­ter he re­fused to al­low Holden to ac­cess the van he ‘ heard the Fiat’s door go, the en­gine start and ve­hi­cle be­gin to re­verse’.

Holden told the court that he drove ‘very slowly’ to avoid PC Hard­ing and to ‘make sure the chains came loose’.

In his po­lice in­ter­view he told of­fi­cers: “I couldn’t bear the beds be­ing taken.”

He said: “My mum and step-dad were both in­volved in a big dis­as­ter.

“There were both in hospi­tal at the time. I was de­ter­mined to get those beds out of the van.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Craig Shep­ton, the recorder for Ch­ester, said: “This was an ex­tremely fool­ish thing to do.

“Al­though it was not a dan­ger­ous thing to do it could have had very se­ri­ous con­se­quences.”

Af­ter the hear­ing, he told the Ex­press they had been af­fected by the Bosley dis­as­ter.

Mark Holden said the van was stor­ing fur­ni­ture for fam­ily mem­bers af­fected by the Bosley dis­as­ter

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