Jam ready to be jailed over refusal to change garden

Photo Neil Cross Jam Imani Rad in the Harrington Street garden
Photo Neil Cross Jam Imani Rad in the Harrington Street garden
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A pensioner has vowed to go to prison rather than remove unauthorised garden and house work.

Last week, 66-year-old Jam Imani Rad was handed a five month suspended jail sentence for breaching a court order to stop him carrying out any more landscaping work on land belonging to Community Gateway Association (CGA) in Harrington Street in Preston.

A new injunction was also made by Judge Justice Wells at Blackpool County Court, ordering Mr Rad to take down what he has no permission to have. He has until July 18 to complete the work.

Any more breaches within 12 months of the suspended jail sentence will see him sent to prison.

But Mr Rad begged the judge to jail him with immediate effect - as he has no plans to carry out the work.

The Iranian-born former reporter said: “I told the Judge that with all the respect I have for him, I am very sure that I will never do such a thing, and it is better than he does not wait for a month and imprison me now.

“I guess he does not get many people who beg him to be sent to prison, but I also wanted to show to Gateway that when a man stands up for the principles he believes, then going to prison is the least he can do.”

Since 2012, Mr Rad, has carried out around £6,000 of work on the land without permission, and has extensively modified the inside of his home with mosaic tiles - also without permission.

CGA gave retrospective permission for gardening work three times, but last year demanded the removal of a swing attached to an RSJ, statues deemed offensive by a neighbour and unsafe electrical work. This was not done and more development started.