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Bungling pair jailed for trying to cover up road offence - South East

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A man who tried to avoid prosecution for driving through a red light at a level crossing has been jailed – along with his friend who helped him cover it up.

Rajender Singh, aged 35, of Hubbards Close in Uxbridge, received a notice of intended prosecution after driving through a level crossing at White Hart Lane in London when the lights were on red in April 2017.

His friend, 41-year-old Paramjeet Talwar, of Furnival Avenue in Slough, told Singh that he could make the offence “go away”, in return for £250.

Talwar gave him fake details to give to the police, which BTP found out to be false. He then submitted a provisional driving licence on behalf of Singh, but officers then investigated, as a person with a provisional licence was not insured on the car at the time of the offence.

In interview, Singh admitted lying and paying Talwar.

The two were arrested and both pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice at Blackfriars Crown Court on 14 February.

Singh received an eight weeks in prison, £500 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. He also received four points on his licence and a £350 fine for the initial charge of driving without due care and attention.

Talwar also received an eight week imprisonment sentence, £500 costs and £115 victim surcharge.

PC Julian Mason said: “Had Singh admitted the original offence after driving through the level crossing barriers, he could have most likely received three points and a fine. But because he tried to pull the wool over our eyes, he’s learned the hard way, that honesty is the best policy.

“After a thorough investigation and a lot of hard work, I’m pleased this has paid off and the sentence sends the right message to people that try to lie and think they can get away with it."

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