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Mr John Patrick Wilsdon - Breach Of Enforcement Notice and Breach of Condition Notice

Published on Thursday, 19th November 2020

On Thursday 12 November 2020, Maldon District Council successfully prosecuted Mr John Wilsdon at Chelmsford Crown Court,

under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 in what was the Council's first prosecution under the Act.

The Prosecution related to an unauthorised ‘bar’ which Mr Wilsdon had been operating from a boat at Bridgemarsh Marina in Althorne.

The Council was able to satisfy the Court that Mr Wilsdon had, through his criminal conduct, benefitted by the sum of  £18,529 for which a full confiscation order was issued, Maldon District Council will receive £3,400.He was also ordered to pay the Councils’ full costs of £16,664.28.

In addition, Mr Wilsdon was also fined smaller sums for not complying with the notices and costs were again awarded to the Council.

Councillor Wendy Stamp, Leader of the Council, saidI am pleased that the Councils first case under the Proceeds of Crime Act has been successful and that the matter has now been resolved by the Crown Court.  This case has taken a long time to come to Court and I would like to thank the Officers who have been working on this case for their hard work. This prosecution should send out a clear message that any enforcement breaches will be dealt with seriously by the Council and as a last resort we will take action through the Courts if we have to.”