Al­most £240k handed out in fines

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COURTS in the north-east dished out more than £230,000 in fines in the last few months, new fig­ures re­veal. A re­port from the Scot­tish Courts and Tri­bunal Ser­vice (SCTS) de­tails fines handed out at courts across the coun­try from June 30 to Oc­to­ber 22. For all the courts in the north-east, fines of £239,000 were im­posed dur­ing this pe­riod, £164,000 at Aberdeen Sher­iff Court, £12,000 at Banff Sher­iff Court, £29,000 at El­gin and £34,000 at Peter­head. Of the fines handed out across the four courts, £133,000 has been paid. SCTS chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer David Fraser said: “The fines en­force­ment teams con­tinue to be highly ef­fec­tive in se­cur­ing un­paid fines. “Ig­nor­ing your fine and not speak­ing to an en­force­ment of­fi­cer if you are hav­ing dif­fi­culty pay­ing is very un­wise. “Fail­ure to pay, or to en­gage with our of­fi­cers, will re­sult in strong sanc­tions be­ing taken, in­clud­ing ar­rest­ment of wages, bank ac­counts, your car be­ing clamped or in­con­ve­nience and em­bar­rass­ment by be­ing ar­rested when trav­el­ling abroad.” Clamp­ing ve­hi­cles is one of a num­ber of mea­sures avail­able to the SCTS for re­cov­er­ing un­paid fines. Other mea­sures in­clude freez­ing bank ac­counts.

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