MAGISTRATES have cancelled the fines of offenders who owed more than £4,000.

The fines have either been remitted or the offenders jailed for non-payment.

A man who owed more than £2,000 has been jailed.

Paul Ford, 55, of no fixed abode, owed £2,230 from June 2005. He was jailed for 28 days in default and is already serving a custodial sentence.

Wayne William Bailey, 39, of Arnheim Road, Lordswood, Southampton, had £674 remitted. The fine was imposed in June 2011 but magistrates in Basingstoke heard there had been a change in circumstances and it would now be impractical to enforce.

The court also let off Michelle Gillian Bowles, 45, of Crestwood View, Eastleigh. She owed £945 from March 2010 but magistrates heard it would be impractical to collect. The exact reasons were unavailable.

John Paul Gillingham, 32, of Southgate Street, Winchester, was jailed for seven days for failing to pay £215 imposed in April. He is already in prison and the sentence will run concurrently.

Olutomi Baiyewu, 21, of Springfield Road, Chelmsford, Essex, was jailed for seven days for the non-payment of £327 imposed in October 2016. The court heard he is already serving a prison sentence.