Search

Win a £100 Amazon voucher in this week’s Recorder

On sale July 3

Collier Row Council tax dodger jailed on return from holiday

15:52 02 September 2014

Lagden had recently returned from Menorca. Picture: PA

Lagden had recently returned from Menorca. Picture: PA

PA Wire/Press Association Images

A woman has flown back from a two-week holiday in Menorca to spend 58 days in prison for owing more than £5,000 in council tax.

Janet Lagden, of Lodge Lane, Collier Row, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

The 57-year-old, who lives in a council property with her two daughters, aged 30 and 27, who both work full-time, owed arrears in council tax dating back to 2000 and had appeared in court before over the issue.

She last appeared in August 2010 for failing to pay £7,581 between 2000 and 2010 but avoided jail by making an immediate payment and setting up a payment plan.

But after repaying less than a third of the balance, Lagden stopped making payments and was therefore hauled back into court, still owing £5,531.

Lagden attended court after a warrant was issued for her arrest following an earlier non-appearance. The court heard she had just enjoyed a two-week break in Menorca.

After previously handing down a suspended sentence of 90 days, this time magistrates jailed her, reducing her 90-day sentence to 58 days, taking into account the amount of money she had so far paid back.

Cllr Roger Ramsey, leader of the council, said: “We will always pursue those who fail to pay their Council tax, and as this case shows, continued non-payment will catch up with you in the end.

“People who do not pay their council tax are being unfair on every other hard-working and law-abiding citizen in the borough, and we simply will not tolerate it.”

Anyone having problems paying their Council tax should contact the council.

Read more:

Gidea Park man discovers ‘eye watering’ difference between council tax in Havering and other London boroughs

Council tax freeze passed at Havering full council

Latest News Stories

09:08
Serious Incident Rainham Picture: @beckileigh_x

Met Police officers have safely detonated explosive devices after being called to an address in Plough Court, Broadis Way where a man was threatening to shoot himself.

Queen's Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, which is run by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

A son has said he has “no confidence” in Queen’s Hospital due to the care received by his 86-year-old mother while being treated for a chest infection.

Yesterday, 22:54
Serious Incident Rainham Picture: @beckileigh_x

Residents have returned to their homes after police firearms and explosive officers were called to an address in Rainham.

Yesterday, 17:13
Serious Incident Rainham Picture: @beckileigh_x

Residents have been evacuated from their homes after police firearms and explosive officers were called to an address in Rainham.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Y6 pupils unpack the rice

A school challenged their pupils to become enterprising individuals as they took on the national 90kg Rice Challenge.

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder