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Hunstanton chip shop boss admits drink-driving

By Lynn News Reporter

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. (8155882)
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. (8155882)

The owner of a Hunstanton fish and chip shop caught drink-driving at almost twice the limit has been banned from the roads for 12 months.

Mark Wilson was moving his partner's car a short distance late at night, Lynn magistrates heard today.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting. said Wilson, 56, was seen by CCTV staff "staggering" towards the Audi TT, which was parked near The Golden Lion pub.

Police located him and arrested him after he provided a positive roadside breath test. At the police station, the evidential test showed 69 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Wilson, who lives above the business - Fishers of Hunstanton in Greevegate, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol in Cliff Terrace on March 22.

Mitigating, David Foulkes urged magistrates to give the minimum disqualification because of the short distance driven and the effect a ban would have on Wilson's restaurant businesses in Hunstanton and Heacham. He said Wilson and his partner employ 50 people.

He said: "They are members of staff that he ferries around from one [business] to the next.

"The disqualification is going to make his working life all the more difficult."

The court was told that Wilson had been drinking during a night out at the theatre and had no intention of driving.

However, while walking home, he saw a van parked next to his partner's car and some males around it were throwing food about, some landing on the Audi.

Mr Foulkes said: "It was against that background that he unwisely thought he should move it.

"It was driven a very, very short distance - about 100 yards. He's driven it a couple of streets to his mother's address, got out and the police arrived."

Magistrates went outside their sentencing guidelines for the breath test reading and disqualified Wilson for 12 months, which can be further reduced following the successful completion of a drink-drivers' rehabilitation course.

Wilson was also fined £400 and told to pay £85 costs, plus a £40 victim surcharge.

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