OFFICERS have welcomed the longest sentence ever handed out for a trading standards prosecution in the county.
Alan Fitzgerald was jailed for six years at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, doubling the previous record for a case brought by Northamptonshire’s trading standards team. Officers said the sentence, for two counts of fraudulent trading, was the longest ever in Northamptonshire.
John Vincent, divisional manager for Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards, told the Chron: “The sentence, we believe, reflects the seriousness of the offences and the fact that there were numerous victims involved and that many of them were targeted because they were vulnerable. This is the longest prison sentence ever imposed for a matter prosecuted by Northamptonshire Trading Standards.”