Newmarket Horse Box Seller Sentenced 14 February 2017
A Trading Standards investigation into the sale of horse boxes with altered mileage concluded on Friday when the trader was sentenced.
Trading as Ascot Horseboxes, Jean Luc Guillambert, of Heasman Close, Newmarket, was sentenced to 10 months for each of his 11 offences of misleading actions under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations Act 2008, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay costs of £10,000.
Suffolk Trading Standards received a complaint about a horse lorry that had been sold with 56,000 miles on the odometer which was supported by an MOT certificate where the mileage history seemed to confirm this. When the consumer went to take the vehicle for an MOT nearly a year later, they discovered the mileage history actually indicated a mileage of at least 125,000 and that the MOT certificate he had been given had been altered.
After executing a warrant at Guillambert's home address, Suffolk Trading Standards officers obtained evidence of more horseboxes sold with altered mileages and/or altered MOT certificates.
Suffolk Horse Watch is a scheme set up to connect all horse owners and riders with the intention of improving security and communication.The aim is to reduce rural and equine crime and, just like Neighbourhood Watch, much can be achieved through general awareness and a little effort from each individual. You do not have to own a horse to become involved; everybody is welcome, whether you just ride occasionally or own the local livery yard.Ideally, every horse owner should be on the Police Direct system to help reduce certain crimes by being aware of them in the first place.The type of information you can expect from the service varies, it can:
Warn you of local farm/horse/tack related crimes
Give information of suspicious vehicles/persons
Ask for intelligence to help us make arrests and warn others
Give related crime reduction/prevention advice
Relay other useful police information.
Please note, Suffolk Horse Watch has no connection to any business or company and is run solely for the benefit of the members.
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