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Courts crack down on fine dodgers

People who try to avoid paying court fines are being warned they face going to jail if they do not pay up in a month-long crackdown.

Fine dodgers in Leicester, Lincoln, Grantham and Skegness will be specifically targeted in November.

Court enforcement officers will also be issued with warrants to confiscate property when they visit people's homes.

The campaign has been organised by Her Majesty's Courts Service (HMCS).

Anyone who refuses to co-operate will be arrested and taken to court.

Money can be taken from an offender's earnings or from benefits if they are unemployed, but ultimately people can be imprisoned for non-payment of fines.

Court time will be set aside to specifically deal with fine dodgers.

Mark Swales, HMCS regional director for the Midlands, said: "Our message to fine dodgers is clear: pay up now or face the consequences."

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