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Man sentenced to 8-years for fraud offences in his absence

John Clifton Davies has been sentenced to 8-years in prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to 8-years in prison after he was convicted of 12 fraud offences totalling more than £750,000.

53-year-old John Clifton Davies was sentenced in his absence after he failed to attend court for his six week trial at Aylesbury Crown Court earlier this month.

The convictions relate to his dealings with nine different companies where he gained more than £750,000 from them

A warrant for his arrest has been issued.

"Although I am pleased with this sentence, it is now vital that we trace Davies so that he can serve his time. As the judge said during sentencing, Davies has shown flagrant disregard to this court case. He has deliberately absconded and I appeal to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police."

– Det Con Stephanie Burleigh, Thames Valley POlice Economic Crime Unit

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Milton Keynes shortlisted for centre of excellence for low emission vehicles

Electric buses are already being used in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Milton Keynes Council's been shortlisted as one of twelve contenders to become a centre of excellence for low emission vehicles.

The announcement was made by Transport Minister.

Milton Keynes already has some of the UK's most advanced projects for low emission vehicles, including the recent installation of 50 rapid chargers which can charge an electric car in around 20 minutes.

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