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12 sentenced after speeding penalty conspiracy

20 May 2016 14:13 PM

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Today 12 people have been sentenced as part of a conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in relation to speeding penalty notices.

Of one of them, local Sunderland business woman, Anne Ganley, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection with 14 offences.

Those convicted were:

Anne Ganley, aged 59 from The Cedars, Ashbrooke, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Brent Ganley, aged 39 from Biddick Lane, Washington, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to nine months in prison.

Thomas Barraclough, aged 68 from Castlereagh Street, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in prison.

Joseph Dobbie, aged 71 from Tudor Grove, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months.

Gavin Hazard, aged 35 from Westheath Avenue, Sunderland, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to 12 months suspened for18 months and given 100 hours of unpaid work.

Michael Turner, aged 50 from Drumoyne Close, East Herrington, was found guilty after trial and was sentenced to nine months prison suspened 18 months and given 120 hours of unpaid work.

Ruth Pilmore, aged 62 from Portman Square, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five months suspended for 18 months and given 100 hours of unpaid work.

James Green, aged 63 from Londonderry Tower, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six month suspended 18 months and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Michael Flynn, aged 56 from Londonderry Tower, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 18 months and 120 hours of unpaid work.

Kelly Todd, aged 35 from Sea View, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months susp for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.

David Elliot, aged 38 from Gardiner Square, Sunderland, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Wayne Cullen, aged 44 from Victoria Street, Hetton-Le-Hole, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months suspended for 18 months and 100 hours of unpaid work.

They were all arrested as part of Operation Jersey which began in March 2013 after intelligence led police to investigate Anne Ganley in relation to speeding offences. It was suspected at the time that Ganley was paying employees to accept responsibility for speeding offences on her behalf.

It is also believed Ganley's son, Brent Ganley, was carrying out similar offences.

After a day of action, in December 2013 eight people  were arrested, including Anne Ganley and Brent Ganley and a number of warrants were carried out at commercial and residential properties. This led to further information being gathered and as a result a further 13 people arrested.

Superintendent Nicola Musgrove has praised her team for the excellent detailed investigation carried out and says people in the community will be outraged by Ganley's actions.

Supt Musgrove said: "This has been an intricate and sensitive case that has hugely impacted on the lives of those who have sadly been dragged into this ordeal. The team has done a fantastic job in getting to  the bottom of this investigation  and now, Anne and Brent Ganley are now serving a prison sentence for their selfish actions.

"I hope this shows that no one is above the law and for someone such as Anne Ganley who has been so well-respected in the community has shattered her reputation and completely abused her authority and I'm sure people of Sunderland and beyond with be outraged and hugely disappointed in her. She has criminalised decent people."




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