Lincolnshire

Grantham tyre dealer sold 'dangerous products'

Luke McKenzie
Image caption McKenzie sold some tyres that had nails embedded in them, trading standards officers said

A 50-year-old man who ran a company that sold part-worn tyres as new has been given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined £26,000.

Luke McKenzie of Lower Packington Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire was found guilty of 15 counts of possessing and supplying dangerous products.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards raided Moss Tyres on Spring Gardens Industrial Estate in Grantham after a tip-off.

A trading standards officer said the tyres could have put drivers at risk.

Daniel Brown, of Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: "There were nails and pieces of wood embedded within the tyres ... and also damage to the tyre walls which would have compromised the structure of the tyres."

Andy Wright, principal trading standards officer, said: "This could have had life-threatening consequences for innocent consumers and their families.

"I am extremely concerned by the reckless attitude to customer safety that seems to be shown by McKenzie."

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