Alex West, of Budget Cars in Bickington, breached the community protection notice on three separate occasions, magistrates heard.

A Barnstaple car dealer has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 following three breaches of a community protection notice (CPN).

Alex West, 39 of Budget Cars, Bickington Road, wrote to North Devon Magistrates’ Court to offer a guilty plea.

The CPN required West to desist from placing any vehicle that is not roadworthy or does not have a valid Vehicle Excise Licence (VEL) and MOT certificate, or is not displaying a registration number, on any public highway or on private land without permission.

This notice was put in place by North Devon Council in February.

West was charged for breaching the notice on three occasions by parking a Ford Focus at Tomlin Hall, Bickington in July 2017; parking an unregistered minibus at Liddicleave, Bickington in September 2017; and parking a Suzuki Jeep at North Lane, Bickington in October 2017.

He was fined £500 and was ordered to pay £582 in costs.

Councillor Rodney Cann, North Devon Council’s executive member for the environment, said: “It is unacceptable for anyone operating as a business to use the public highway and private land without the permission of the landowner in this way.

“The council takes these anti-social offences very seriously and will deal robustly with people or car traders who do this.

“I would like to encourage any members of the public to contact us if they have any information on abandoned vehicles or this sort of practice.”

If you are concerned about similar activity in your neighbourhood, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or phone 01271 388870 with details of the vehicles and the location.