ROBUST action was taken to recover £14,000 after nine culprits avoided paying their council tax.

Earlier in January the Vale of White Horse District Council successfully took criminal proceedings against Graham and Rebecca Brewis, Steve Byrne, Bernadette Carter, Tracey Goodwin, Amarnie Heatly, Rosemary Hutton and Mary Malone after they failed to provide information about their council tax.

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They were each fined £110 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

VWHDC councillor Andy Crawford said: "Help is there for people who are genuinely struggling with their bills but if someone can pay, but refuses to do so, we will do all we can to ensure that they pay their fair share towards our important public services."