This has been a very lengthy and difficult investigation that's been carried out with very real professionalism and resilience by officers and staff from the Essex and Kent Serious Crime Directorate and the CPS and I'd like to thank them all for their efforts.
Perverting the course of justice is a very serious criminal offence and I think that's been reflected this afternoon in the sentences handed out to Mr Huhne and Ms Pryce.
This case acts as a timely reminder of all those people who may be facing a driving ban and are thinking of passing their points onto others. This is not only unlawful, but as you can see from today's events leads to life-changing consequences.
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