Norfolk police stand by moped recovery bill

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The law gives police the right to recover stolen vehicles and charge owners for it, Norfolk Police have said after a moped owner got a £150 bill.

In Friday’s Lynn News, John Lockwood said he felt he was a victim twice after his moped was stolen from outside his home in Walker Street, Lynn. Firstly it was taken and then after it was recovered – its number plate having been removed – Mr Lockwood got a bill on Norfolk Police-headed paper saying he had to pay £150 to get it back.

Theft victim John Lockwood, of Lynn, with the letter telling him he has to pay �150 to get his moped back

Theft victim John Lockwood, of Lynn, with the letter telling him he has to pay �150 to get his moped back

A Norfolk Police Spokesperson said: “Unfortunately the stolen moped could not be identified at the time of being recovered as there was no number plate on it.

“An officer had seized the bike suspecting it was stolen and as a result a suspect was arrested and has subsequently been to youth court and 
received a penalty.

“The Road Traffic Regulation Act gives police the power to recover stolen vehicles and charge owners for their 
recovery.

“There are various charges for recovery, depending on the weight of the vehicle, its location and the extent of any damage. Where possible the recovery operators will write to the owners on behalf of Norfolk Constabulary to explain what will happen if their vehicle is found and this letter includes details about recovery.”

Mr Lockwood said he bought the moped for £80 and will not pay £150 for its return. The recovery firm will sell it.