A car dealer who “put lives at risk” selling on vehicles in an unfit condition has been jailed for 19 months.

Andrew Robson, of Oaklea Close, Norton , admitted fraudulent trading at Teesside Crown Court on Friday.

No fewer than 10 complaints were lodged with Stockton Council about Robson’s conduct – selling cars that were faulty, not fit for purpose and often wrongly described.

And he continually failed to solve problems with cars with either repairs or refunds.

A variety of vehicles were affected including a Mini One with an oil leak, a Mazda 5 with a broken turbocharger and a LandRover Freelander with faulty brakes.

It wasn’t the first time the 34-year-old had been brought to book for problems with his vehicles.

Robson was given a community order with 200 hours unpaid work for similar offences in 2013.

And in 2015 he was given advice from council trading standards officers about his responsibilities when selling on second hand motors.

Cllr Steve Nelson, Stockton Council cabinet member for access, communities and community safety, welcomed the sentencing and warned other unscrupulous dealers to watch their backs.

“Andrew Robson sold unroadworthy vehicles to unsuspecting members of the public, putting their lives at risk,” he added.

“The custodial sentence reflects the severity of these offences and sends out a strong message that dishonest actions will not be tolerated and can result in jail.

“Our trading standards team works to ensure traders act responsibly and customers are treated fairly.

“When traders neglect these duties, they can expect to hear from us.”

A spokeswoman for Stockton Council said its trading standards team would be carrying out an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime Act in the wake of the sentencing.

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