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Smuggler to pay compensation

PUBLISHED: 23:00 22 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 March 2010

A LORRY driver who was jailed for smuggling cigarettes through Suffolk is to pay back a fraction of the money from bootlegging.

Timothy Greatorex is currently serving 21 months for evading duty, estimated by Customs and Excise at around £172,664.

A LORRY driver who was jailed for smuggling cigarettes through Suffolk is to pay back a fraction of the money from bootlegging.

Timothy Greatorex is currently serving 21 months for evading duty, estimated by Customs and Excise at around £172,664.

Greatorex, 40, of Fayre Field House, High Street, Martin, Lincolnshire, appeared before Judge Nicholas Beddard at Ipswich Crown Court where a confiscation order was discussed.

Simon Spence, prosecuting, said the money from Greatorex's vehicles, once sold, together with his savings totalled £11,300 and should be confiscated.

He said Greatorex's wife and young children were still living in the matrimonial home so this should not be sold and added to the total.

Judge Beddard said: "The figure I choose is £10,000. It is a fair figure all round because the value of the vehicles to be sold is something no one can be too sure about. He will have to dip into his bank for the remaining amount."

Judge Beddard said the £10,000 which was to be confiscated had to be paid within nine months or Greatorex would serve a further six months in prison.

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