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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Fine for man who drove days after being banned

MAGISTRATES took the unusual steps of fining a disqualified driver for taking to the wheel just days after his disqualification was imposed.

The presiding magistrates told Howard Crellin, 44, of Kersey Road, Thornhill, that they would impose a financial penalty instead of a community or supervision order because of the mitigating circumstances surrounding the case.

Crellin’s solicitor, Neil Pilling, told the court that Crellin had suffered a series of devastating blows in the past few months including his house burning down and an incident involving his young old daughter for who is the sole carer.

Crellin was spotted driving in Egremont on April 15 even though he had been banned by Scottish Magistrates on April 8.

His solicitor told the court that he was making an urgent trip to his GP.

The police officer who stopped Crellin had dealt with him on a previous occasion regarding another incident and was aware he was a disqualified driver.

He was fined £150 with £60 costs and £15 victim surcharge.

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