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Dodgy driveway salesman forced to pay up

Published Wednesday, 10 February 2016

A man who had previously been prosecuted by Enfield Council for selling dodgy driveways has been ordered by a judge to pay £23,200 within 12 weeks or face jail.

James Hanrahan, 46, of Wharf Road, Ponders End, faced a ‘Proceeds of Crime Hearing’ on 1 February at Wood Green Crown Court, when Enfield Council won not only compensation for some of Hanrahan’s victims, but were allowed to seize some of the money he made from his criminal activity.

Hanrahan came to the attention of the Council in January last year after police received reports of a man harassing residents in Uvedale Road in Enfield. His company, Marshalls Home Improvements, had been working on some driveways in the street.

The driveways installed were later found to have major defects including inadequate drainage and poor quality workmanship which meant they would crack and shift position. He ended up being prosecuted and after pleading guilty was sentenced to complete a 12-month community order, fined £50 and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work at Wood Green Crown Court on 6 July 2015.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Enfield Council will do everything in its power to seize money and assets, which have been made by criminal activity. We will also strive to help people who have been affected by dodgy companies, such as Mr Hanrahan’s, to recoup their lost money, as we did in this case.

“By pursuing this court case we have done just that by forcing Hanrahan to both compensate the victims of his dreadful driveways, as well as ensure that he does not benefit personally from his criminal activity.”

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