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Enfield trading standards calls time on car clocker

Clocking suspectedAn Edmonton car clocker is now serving time in jail thanks to another successful prosecution by Enfield Council’s prolific trading standards team.

Stephen Lloyd Gordon of Aberdeen Road, was sentenced to 18 months- 9 months to be served at Her Majesty's pleasure and nine months on license, at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 8 October by Judge HHJ May QC.

In January 2009 Enfield Trading Standards received a complaint from a consumer alleging a trader in Edmonton was offering to sell a ‘clocked car’. A 2004 Audi A4 was advertised with 52,000 miles. The consumer went to view the car and ran an independent check through the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency online service. He discovered the vehicle’s last mileage was no less than 127,000 miles.

The car was advertised via the Auto Trader website.

Enfield Trading Standards began monitoring the site and found more cars offered for sale.

Officers made an undercover test purchase of a car from the residential property on 23 April 2009.  On 24 April 2009 a warrant was executed and computer equipment, mobile phones, cameras, documentation,  £6000 in cash and 4 suspected clocked cars seized.

Stephen Lloyd Gordon was arrested and taken to the local police station for interview.  

Further extensive investigations by Trading Standards revealed a total of 100 clocked cars had been sold or offered for sale by the defendant.

The cars sold were advertised via Auto Trader and e- bay website site under various names and contact numbers.

As a result of the investigations by Enfield Trading Standards Mr Gordon, a DJ by night and car salesman by day, was brought to trial at Wood Green Crown Court.

Stephen Lloyd Gordon was found guilty on Friday 8 October 2010 of nine offences under the Fraud Act 2006. The value of the cars sold totalled more than £20,000.

Mr Gordon viewed 'clocking' the cars as 'cosmetic' & he did not believe it was 'misleading.'

After the case Enfield Councillor Chris Bond, cabinet member for environment said: 'It's good to see this car clocker do time after he fleeced thousands from Enfield residents.

'This victory is further evidence that you can count on Enfield Trading Standards to prosecute conmen and protect consumers and legitimate businesses.'