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Dundee car dealer has licence revoked after raid

A Dundee car dealer whose garage was searched in a multi-agency investigation has had his licence suspended by the city council.

The city’s licensing committee suspended Charles Sandeman’s trading licence after VOSA vehicle inspectors found 133 offences relating to number plates, along with spotting worn tyres and missing wheelnuts during a raid on the Glencross Motors business in Clepington Road accompanied by police, Trading Standards officials and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

None of the agencies have brought charges against Sandeman, however after police detailed the allegations he has had his second-hand car dealer licence temporarily revoked by the licensing committee.

In a recent hearing, where Sandeman had an appeal against suspension dismissed, his solicitor Kris Gilmartin said more than 400 tyres were inspected of which four had problems, and the vehicles would have undergone checks before being driven to make sure they were in proper condition.

Gilmartin said the closure of the garage while Sandeman was banned from trading was having a “significant effect” on staff.

Dundee’s licensing board will meet again at the end of June to make a permanent decision on Sandeman’s licence.

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