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Prison for police worker who cancelled traffic fines

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Mr Zaheer Patel worked at the police penalty office which deals with mobile phone offences and no insurance offences for the Lancashire police, after appearing at the Crown Court he has now pleaded guilty to eight counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of possessing a false identity document after police found a fake UK driving license at his flat. The allegation was that he abused his position to cancel eight fixed penalty notices while he was working at the central processing unit for Lancashire Constabulary. Mr Patel had worked for the police for five years and simply removed evidence of fixed penalty notices given to people by the police. 
Mr Patel was sentenced at Preston Crown Court and it was accepted by the Judge that he had not gained financially from the offences, he was however jailed for ten months and ordered to pay £850 prosecution costs. HHJ Norman Wright said, "These are extremely serious offences. There are eight of them and they cover a period of time which seems to show a persistence on your part to go along and the fact that what you did means that justice has not taken its course. For some that meant not paying a fine of £60, which would have gone to the government. But for other it means more than that. These offences may have affected their ability to drive and their cancellations may have helped them mislead insurance companies."