Police rake in £400 million from middle-class fines

London Telegraph
Monday, January 18th, 2010

Fines for minor middle class crimes such as speeding, dropping litter and putting bins out on the wrong day are netting the police and town halls more than £400 million a year, new figures suggest.

The use of increasingly sophisticated surveillance techniques is helping the authorities snare more and more people but critics claim it is at the expense of catching real criminals.

Parking offences have helped rake in more than £330 million, while speeding fines have topped £100 million and on the spot fines for minor offences such as overfilling a dustbin has pulled in almost £12 million.

Matthew Elliot of the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “Police priorities are increasingly being warped by revenue raising and box ticking which is diverting their time away from catching real criminals to targeting the hard working middle classes.

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