Worksop man loses his appeal after turning home into stock car racing hub

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A Worksop banger and stock car enthusiast has lost his appeal against a prosecution which forced him to stop using his home to repair, maintain and store cars for a banger racing team he was part of.

Leigh Bower, 42, of Coleridge Road, Kilton, Worksop, appealed against convictions relating enforcement and stop notices that were issued by Bassetlaw District Council in August 2015 and breached in February 2016, which attracted a £1,000 fine and associated legal costs.

However, his appeal was rejected at Nottingham Crown Court on August 19 after hearing evidence from Mr Bower and officers from Bassetlaw District Council and Nottinghamshire Police.

Councillor Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I’m sure that the residents who live close to Mr Bower will be extremely pleased that the court rejected his appeal and will now be able to live their lives without the annoyance and disruption that Mr Bower previously caused.”

Previously Mr Bower had stored a large number of vehicles, including recovery trucks, at his Kilton home and his work on the vehicles led to numerous complaints from residents.

In August 2015, Mr Bower was issued with notices which prohibited him from carrying out work on the cards at his home.

However, Mr Bower breached the notices the next month, which resulted in him being fined and forced to pay prosecution costs at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court in February this year. He was also given a two-year criminal behaviour order in which could result in Mr Bower being given a custodial sentence if he breaches it.

As part of his criminal behaviour order, Mr Bower must not break, repair or maintain any stock car or banger racing vehicles (including donor vehicles) at his address on Coleridge Road, Worksop, for a period of 24 months (until 31st March, 2018).

In addition to the previous £3,117 of fines and costs that Mr Bower was required to pay, the crown court also awarded the district council costs of £3,015, all of which Mr Bower must pay back at £80 per week.

Coun Leigh added: “This also serves as a warning to people who are made the subjects of enforcement and stop notices that should you breach these orders, you will be dealt with by the courts and could end up with a hefty fine.”