Jon Gregg Secures Another Acquittal
Jon Gregg secures an acquittal in 'Operation Crush'
Greater Manchester Police instigated "Operation Crush" when it was noticed that close to one thousand s172 Road traffic Act notices were returned to the Central Ticket Office bearing false details of the alleged driver when a vehicle was caught by a traffic enforcement camera, in an effort to escape the imposition of penalty points.
For a significant sum of money, a false name and address would be supplied for the alleged "driver". The police would send further notices in vain, as they would be returned marked "gone away" or "not known at this address", and the trail would go cold. Colin Lowndes, the man behind the scheme, was caught and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. Thereafter, the recipients of the original notices, which the Crown claimed had been filled in with false details, were prosecuted under the Perjury Act 1911 in Manchester Crown Court. H.H.J. Thomas, Q.C. was given the task of managing the large number of cases which ensued.
The vast majority resulted in either pleas of guilty, or conviction after trial. In cases such as these, which struck at the administration of justice, a jail sentence followed. Jon Gregg, instructed by Messrs. Norcross, Lees and Riches, represented Nipa Begum at trial. Although she admitted receiving such a notice, she denied that she had engaged Mr. Lowndes, or one of his associates, to falsify it on her behalf. Halting the Crown’s run of success, she was acquitted by the jury.