Second man jailed for theft of number plates and fuel in Slough

17/02/2012

The second of two men awaiting sentencing for conspiracy to steal number plates and conspiracy to steal fuel in Slough has been jailed.

Wajid Ali Khan, aged 42, of Wellesley Road, Slough, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, 16 February. He was given two nine-month custodial sentences for two counts of conspiracy to steal number plates and conspiracy to steal fuel, to run concurrently.

His accomplice, 41-year-old Neil Penfold, of Somerset Way, Iver, was jailed for 18-months on Monday, 30 January.

Both men were arrested as part of Operation Colt on Thursday 17 November last year, which targeted those suspected of being involved in the theft of number plates and their subsequent use in offences of fuel theft, known as bilking.

The pair were jointly charged on 18 November 2011 and remanded in police custody to appear before court the following day.

Penfold was subsequently remanded in custody and Khan was released on court bail.

A number of other people were arrested as part of the operation, which also resulted in the seizure of fifteen cars; however they have all since been released without charge.