The National Enforcement Service has opened its first offices in the North-West to help courts track down offenders who are ignoring fines and court orders.
The body will use links to the Police National Computer and the benefits and tax system to confirm to magistrates the whereabouts of offenders, who often move from their original address after being convicted. It will then contact the police to bring offenders back to court to pay fines or enforce community service orders, for instance.
Access to the Department for Work and Pensions system is provided to confirm personal data such as name, address, date of birth and national insurance number. The Inland Revenue’s system is also accessible.