South Molton man successfully prosecuted for abandoned vehicle

Posted on: 30 January 2017

A man from South Molton has been successfully prosecuted by North Devon Council and fined following the abandonment of his vehicle.

On Tuesday (24 January 2017) at Barnstaple Magistrates Court, Mr Harvey Welham, 21 of Kingsway, South Molton was found guilty of abandoning his VW Golf at Higher Woolstone, Bishops Tawton in 2016.

He was fined £100, as well as being ordered to pay £100 towards the costs of the council, along with a victim surcharge of £30.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive Member for the Environment, says: “Prosecution is always a last resort. When an abandoned vehicle is reported to the council we work hard to find the owner and work together to reach a solution for the removal of the vehicle. However, when this doesn’t happen prosecution is necessary to protect the amenities of the area for our residents.

“When selling on a vehicle, unless trading it in at a dealership, we advise keeping details of the person it was sold to and send off the V5 registration document to the DVLA yourself.”

The prosecution took place following Mr Wellham’s failure to pay a fixed penalty notice which was issued to him for the offence.

To report an abandoned vehicle or other environmental offence, please contact or phone 01271 388870 with details of the exact location, make, model and registration number. You can also report incidents on the council’s website,

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