Sneaky trick to dodge speeding fine
A COURIER driver has been jailed for trying to dodge speeding fines by doctoring a photo of his van.
Jordan Notley, 23, used computer software on a picture of his VW van to make it look different to the one snapped by a speed camera.
He told police his van was off the road at the time of the offence and sent them the photo to "prove" it wasn't his vehicle that had been caught speeding, even though they had the same registration number.
It was assumed that somebody must be driving around with the same plates as Mr Notley, and so police scrapped the ticket and even apologised to him for the error.
But when his van was caught a second time and Mr Notley again used a photo to claim it wasn't his van, officers became suspicious.
They investigated and discovered he had used a computer program to doctor the snaps of his vehicle to make it look different to the one caught on camera.
Mr Notley, of Edinburgh, Scotland, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to perverting the course of justice and was jailed for six months.
He had first been snapped in December 2016 near Carlisle and again in April 2017 at Kirkby Thore, Cumbria.
Suspicions were raised after he submitted the "hoax photos" a second time and "careful detective work" exposed the scam, the court heard.
Judge James Adkin said: "The rules of the road apply to everybody. You are not excluded from that group."
Inspector Steve Minnikin, of Cumbria Police, said: "This case and subsequent period of imprisonment is reflective of certain members of society not willing to accept their responsibilities and engaging in what is nothing short of a criminal activity to cover their tracks.
"What may have been seen as an easy option in the past or something people just do like an exaggerated house insurance claim is simply not true anymore.
"It is a form of fraud and a criminal offence and all for trying to dodge in some cases a relatively minor speeding or other road traffic offence.
"We have experienced and specialised officers who robustly investigate and bring these offenders to justice.
"The message is simple - don't do it. We will find you out and you can answer to the criminal justice system for a far more serious offence, which may ultimately cost you your job or livelihood. Nobody wants to see that happen."