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First conviction for not completing census

17/01/2012

The first person to be convicted for not completing the 2011 census has been sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

Derek Shields, 57, from Wirral, Merseyside, was found guilty of one charge of failing to comply with the census under section 8 of the Census Act 1920 and fined £75 plus costs.

Wendy Scott, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire, told the court that on 28th June last year Shields was visited at his home in Birkenhead by two census non-compliance officers, but he refused to complete the form.

"Completing the census is so important that there is a legal obligation on people to comply," she said.

Magistrates convicted Shields after an hour-long trial. He was fined £75 and ordered to pay £100 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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