A man has been found guilty at Lincoln Crown Court today for 17 offences in relation to possessing and selling dangerous part-worn tyres.
Luke McKenzie, aged 50, was trading at MOSS Tyres in the Springfield Garden Industrial Estate. Following complaints from members of the public, Lincolnshire Trading Standards began keeping tabs on his operation.
Officers completed a test purchase and an expert confirmed the item was lethal, stating it was one of the worst examples he had ever seen. Large quantities of tyres were seized from the premises. Examination of the products revealed serious defects in them which could have had life threatening consequences for anyone unfortunate enough to purchase them.
Andy Wright, principal trading standards officer, said: “The fact that this case was heard by the Crown Court and the judge has indicated he is considering a custodial sentence shows just how serious this is.
“Many of the tyres had serious defects and exhibited accident damage which undermined the basic structure of the tyres. This could have had life-threatening consequences for innocent consumers and their families.
“Unfortunately we don’t have the power to stop the company from trading, but we have been investigating any fresh offences that may have been committed. This includes further covert test purchases from Moss Tyres while waiting for this case to be heard.
“I am extremely concerned by the reckless attitude to customer safety that seems to be shown by McKenzie. I would urge members of the public to go to a reputable supplier instead. If you have bought tyres from MOSS, please get your car checked at your nearest garage.”
Luke McKenzie has been charged with one count of supplying, and 16 counts of possession for supply of unsafe part-worn tyres contrary to the General Product Safety Regulations.
He pleaded not guilty, however following trial the jury found him guilty on all counts. McKenzie was released on conditional bail pending sentencing on April 7, 2015 at Lincoln Crown Court.
The maximum sentence for each of the possession offences is 12 months imprisonment and/or a £20,000 fine.