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    Skater fined £3000


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    Saw this on the news. From what I heard, I wasn't really paying too much attention, he hasn't caused injury to anyone. Seems daft to me. Just tell him to move on.

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    bloody hell he was going pretty fast though, but yh he could of just been told to move on somewhere else.

    Maybe they fined him that much, to get some of his pension to help the BSF funding
    Last edited by EduTech; 24th February 2009 at 11:00 PM. Reason: Pressed post to quick

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    Seems a bit of a joke to me. £3000 is outrageous. He must of been speeding or something He must of had rocket skates on

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    Would have fined him more.

    Just watched both of the reports.

    Personally I think to be skating at that speed in such a close proximity to shoppers was a bit over the top. It wouldnt be accepted if it was members of the younger generation doing the same.

    If he was using the area later in the evening, or very early morning when the shops are closed and there was no one about it might just be acceptable.

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    His age is completely irrelevant to the offence, even though it is interesting in this case.
    Last edited by witch; 25th February 2009 at 09:38 AM.

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    Perhaps this is a case where the fine is based on "ability to pay". £3000 to him might be an equivalent of £100 to me?

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    Can I just point out that he was actually fined £300. With £1800 costs, which is a normal amount for a magistrates court.

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    The great British eccentric is alive and well and living in Southport. Good luck to him with his appeal. I can see the authorities point but I do feel they may have been heavy handed in this case.

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    I wonder what would he be charged with if he did knock someone over and (heaven forbid) actually kill a person in the same instance of someone running a person over with a car (total accident in both cases) would he be fined as much as he has been or would he just receive a suspended sentence.
    And then you get the person who carries a knife and actually goes out with the intent of stabbing someone and all that seems to happen to them is a small custodial sentence which in some cases is suspended also without a fine.
    British Law is an ASS it has no consistency.
    I personally feel that he should not skate around such a busy precinct but it is up to the individual to take responsibility for their own actions and gauge the level of common sense which is needed in life.

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    Had this have been a teenager there would have been no fuss and folks would have just said that it was his/her own fault and shouldn't have been there in the first place etc etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    Had this have been a teenager there would have been no fuss and folks would have just said that it was his/her own fault and shouldn't have been there in the first place etc etc.
    Most likely true, but this is down to the countries current 'anti-teenager' stance.

    Something to note here is if he has appealed against the ruling, he could face losing again, and end up with a costs order far higher than the original.

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    Another case of people being inconsiderate and selfish. Hope the £2k-odd fine burst his little bubble.
    Last edited by tech_guy; 25th February 2009 at 10:32 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Another case of people being inconsiderate and selfish. Hope the £3k fine burst his little bubble.
    £300 fine. £1800 costs. So a total of £2100. Not £3000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenewman View Post
    Had this have been a teenager there would have been no fuss and folks would have just said that it was his/her own fault and shouldn't have been there in the first place etc etc.
    Which indicates a problem with the attitude towards the young, not that the fine is justified.

    Then again having had my sister seriously injured a few years ago by a careless skater in a town centre, I can't feel too much sympathy for him.

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