Clamping boss who preyed in Wembley ordered to pay back back motorists
Motorists barricaded in until they handed over hundreds of pounds
THE boss of a car-clamping company which bullied motorists into handing over hundreds of pounds has been ordered to issue them with refunds.
Last week, Lee Peacock, 44, was also handed down a suspended jail sentence, ordered to carry out community service and heavily fine after he was convicted of fraud in Brent Magistrates Court
The court heard his company Regional Clamping Services Ltd carried out terrifying practices after preying on drivers in Wembley and Harrow.
Brent and Harrow Trading Services (BHTS) hauled Peacock before the courts after angry consumers logged complaints about RCS.
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Not only had Peacock been banned from acting as a director of a company after he wound up a previous clamping company, but he had broken the law by setting up RCS, which had a similar name to his previous business, and plastering sites with RCS signs and penalty charges.
After one motorist was clamped in an industrial site a man dressed in combat style clothing threatened to tow him away if he did not pay �333 in cash, before blocking the driver’s car with his own tow truck laughing during his cruel antics.
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In a similar incident, a motorist was forced to hand over �385.
Peacock’s lawyer argued that he was unaware of his employees’ unprofessional behaviour and that he himself had been trading legitimately before it happened.
He also added that the formulation of the new company, albeit using a similar name, had not put the public at risk through false investment or the likelihood of being duped due to the familiarity of the name.
He admitted fraud offences and was ordered to pay �1,051 in compensation to his victims, sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months, he must carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay �858.50 towards BHTS’s prosecution costs.
Bill Bilon, Head of BHTS, said: “Rogue traders such as Mr Peacock should be sent a clear message, that illegal activities such as these will not be tolerated.
“I am pleased that we have secured compensation for his victims.”
In August, the Government announced it will be outlawing clamping and towing on private land as part of the Freedom Bill which is due to be introduced this month.