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Mayor Announces Crackdown on Abandoned Vehicles

Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a crackdown on vehicles left abandoned throughout Bedford Borough. This week he visited the site in Ampthill where 11 vehicles have recently been sent for crushing as part of the initiative to rid the Borough of abandoned vehicles.

Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Vehicles left abandoned make local neighbourhoods look unsightly and can attract crime in our communities. It is therefore vital that we take positive action to deal with abandoned vehicles swiftly and efficiently.

“The Council provides a service to investigate alleged abandoned vehicles and, if appropriate, to arrange for their removal and subsequent destruction. As well as destroying the vehicle we also work to prosecute those who abandon vehicles.

“Abandoning a vehicle is a criminal offence and you could be prosecuted. The offence carries a maximum fine of £2,500 or 3 months imprisonment. Anyone who believes a vehicle has been abandoned can report it by calling 01234 267422.”

Since March, the following vehicles have been crushed: Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 306, Rover 25, VW Golf, Nissan Sunny, Ford Escort, Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and a Mazda MPV.

Through our investigation process a further 4 vehicles have been collected by financial companies or taken away by the owners, after paying the costs for any removal and storage charges incurred.

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