Conman jailed after hiding confiscated Jaguar in a chicken shed
Life is no longer sunny side up for a conman who hid a classic Jaguar in a chicken coop to prevent it being confiscated by police.
Alan Dykes was convicted of fraud in 2011 and ordered to hand over the £70,000 Jaguar XK120. Instead, he hid it behind a false wall in a chicken shed he rented at a farm near the town of Sturminster Newton, Dorset.
He repeatedly told police he no longer owned the sporty nest egg, but he was arrested after police received a tip-off and raided the boarded-up chicken shed in August 2011.
Dykes first ended up with egg on his face after being convicted in March 2011 of fraudulently taking out £45,000 of hire-purchase loans on the Jaguar – even through he had owned it since 1995.
The judge sentenced him to 200 hours of unpaid work and ordered the Jaguar to be confiscated, but rather than shell out Dykes swiftly tucked the car away out of sight.
But now police have found the car, Dykes has been found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice, leaving the convertible chick puller to be taken away and auctioned.
Jaguar's XK120 has been one of the most desirable British sports cars ever since its performance figures made headlines on its released in 1948. The pretty roadster was Jaguar's first XK model and also its first new car to be released after the Second World War. Today, good examples can fetch over £80,000.