Blitz on fines eyed

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 08:00 22/11/2012

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A police operation to collect outstanding fines is planned for Marlborough.

The operation is similar to one held on the West Coast in which 13 cars were seized and about $50,000 in outstanding fines collected.

Operation Clean Sweep was a joint operation between police, courts and Child Youth and Family (CYF) at the weekend.

Tasman police region communications manager Barbara Dunn said court bailiffs and police had seized property and got on-the-spot payment from people with outstanding fines or overdue reparation payments.

Almost $10,000 in reparation payments for victims was collected on top of the outstanding fines.

Children who were out on the streets unsupervised were also picked up by CYF and taken home.

Tasman police district commander, Superintendent Richard Chambers, said similar operations were planned for Marlborough and Nelson Bays before Christmas.

"I'd suggest to anyone in Nelson or Marlborough who has outstanding fines or reparation payments that it might be a good idea to pay up now," he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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