Hefty fine for Grantham tyre scammer

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A Grantham scammer has been fined just under £8,000 for selling unsafe part-worn tyres.

Leandra McKenzie of Heckington Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, who traded at a Grantham tyre shop, was found guilty of selling unsafe goods.

She was found guilty of two counts of not having the correct markings on a part-worn tyre at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, August 26.

McKenzie was also found guilty of one count of supplying an unsafe tyre to a trading standards officer from her business ‘MOSS Tyres’ on the Spring Gardens Industrial Estate in Grantham.

Following complaints from local residents, Lincolnshire Trading Standards conducted a test purchase in June 2015, where they were sold two defective part-worn tyres by McKenzie, which were not labelled correctly and one tyre which had the internal ply exposed.

Leandra was the second member of the McKenzie family to be found guilty of supplying unsafe part-worn tyres, after her father, Luke, was given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined £26,000 for offences in April 2015.

Andy Wright, principal trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Two things are particularly concerning here.

“Firstly, as the tyres failed to have the correct labelling on – with no distinction whether they were part worn or not – consumers had no idea what they were buying.

“And, secondly, there was damage to the tyre’s walls, which means that the structure of the tyre could have been compromised.

“If used, this tyre could have had life-threatening consequences for innocent consumers and their families.”